Upcoming Meetings & Events

March 25, 2020:  Due to COVID-19 concerns and current U of I safety policies, we will be canceling the upcoming Idaho Diversity Network Regional Mentoring Conference, originally scheduled for April 27, 2020. In the near future, however, we plan to provide online mentor training opportunities that will incorporate mentoring strategies for diverse populations from across the state. We encourage you to participate in our future online mentor training opportunities which will be posted to this website within the next month so please stay tuned. Thank you!

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Online Mentoring Resources

Overview: The Idaho Diversity Network is featuring online mentoring resources with a focus on providing professional development for faculty and students on effective strategies for mentoring students from underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and related fields.

Topics: Topics will range from discussion on importance of establishing a culture of mentorship to understanding implicit bias and the science behind effective mentoring strategies. The online resources will include webinars on demand as well as live interactive sessions featuring Idaho students, staff and faculty. An online training series will allow us to not only share expertise from our local experts, but also participate in mentor training opportunities going on throughout the country through national mentoring efforts such as the Mentor Collective and the National Research Mentoring Network.

Upcoming Opportunities: New sessions will be posted soon, however, if you have ideas for a mentoring webinar or have a session that you would like to feature, please contact Sarah Penney, Idaho NSF EPSCoR Program Manager.

April 12th, 2019 — Idaho Diversity Network meeting
The Idaho Diversity Network (IDN) will be meeting at Boise State University on Friday, April 12th, 2019. The gathering will provide time to network and collaborate on potential STEM and diversity initiatives.

**If you are interested in attending, please contact Sarah Penney (sarahp@uidaho.edu) for additional information.


2019 April 12 Boise, ID - meeting handouts, survey feedback
2018 July 26 Boise, ID (BSU Student Union Bldg) - meeting minutes
2017 Sept 20 Boise, ID (Garden City)
2017 July 26-27 Boise, ID (in conjunction with Idaho Conference for Undergraduate Research)
2016 Oct 20 Coeur d'Alene, ID (in conjunction with Annual EPSCoR Conference)
2016 Jul 27 Boise, ID (BSU Student Union Bldg)
2016 Mar 8 Conference Call
2015 Oct 30 Boise, ID
2015 Aug 31-Sep 1 McCall Outdoor Science School, McCall, ID
2014 Jun 23 Conference Call
2014 May 29 Boise, ID
2014 Feb 27 Moscow, ID



2019 July 31 IDN-hosted workshop: "Supporting Native American Students in STEM: from Deficit to Strength" Flyer | Video Recording

IDN Workshop: July 31, 2019
Supporting Native American Students in STEM: from Deficit to Strength

U of I Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Studies, Dr. Vanessa Anthony-Stevens, explores strategies that research institutions can take to best serve Native American students in STEM research fields through focus on nation building and institutional transformation.

Video Recording

2017 Feb 8-9 Hosted "Idaho Diversity Network Mentoring Conference: Strategies for Student and Faculty Mentors", in Boise, ID
Agenda | Mentoring Manual | Keynote Address

IDN Mentoring Conference: Feb 8-9, 2017
Strategies for Student and Faculty Mentors

Keynote speaker:
Dr. Valerie Purdie-Vaughns
Associate Professor, Dept of Psychology—Columbia University

For the past 50 years social psychologists have attempted to uncover how stereotypes, discrimination, and bias in our institutions undermines learning, development and achievement. Much of this research has culminated in a deep understanding of stereotype threat. In recent years, psychologists have turned to ask the question, "What can we do to inoculate students from stereotypes and bias so that they can thrive?" This talk will share what we have learned. Specifically, research tells us that focusing on what underrepresented students come to understand about the subtle messages of acceptance or rejection that schools convey can be a powerful leverage point for change. I will share a series of experiments and insights centering on lifting student motivation and achievement by targeting the messages mentors convey.