Invisible burdens

Kris Gutiérrez

I believe mentoring the next generation of scholars, particularly first generation faculty and students, is one of the most important responsibilities and commitments I have. I have had the privilege of mentoring and apprenticing both students (graduate, undergraduate, and postdocs) and faculty (particularly early and mid-career faculty) at my institutions and in professional arenas since I was an early career scholar myself. Presently, I am also a mentor for dissertation, postdoctoral, and mid-career fellows for the National Academy of Education & the Spencer Foundation.

Serena Chen

I have served as a primary mentor for graduate students for nearly 25 years. These graduate students have come from very diverse backgrounds, with equally diverse current circumstances, and a broad range of strengths, interests, and career goals. Over the years, I have also mentored and regularly offered advice to junior (and sometimes) senior colleagues. My approach to mentoring/advising is direct and pragmatic, but also compassionate.

Raka Ray

I bring to the role of a core advisor both a long and engaged history of mentoring students and younger colleagues and experience of leadership at multiple levels.

Rachel Morello-Frosch

As Division Chair and Equity Liaison in ESPM, and DrPH Program Director in the School of Public Health, I have collaborated with faculty colleagues, staff and students to advance the diversity equity and inclusion mission of UC Berkeley, through development and implementation of DEI plans for my units and programs. I co-led efforts with colleagues to develop faculty cluster hire proposals, including one on climate change and environmental justice, and also worked to improve recruitment, retention and mentoring of faculty, post-docs and students from under-represented groups.

Amani Allen

The most important thing I bring to my role as a Core Advisor is my passion for mentoring and for cultivating and helping to create an environment where ALL faculty can thrive. I have had good mentoring, bad mentoring, and at times no mentoring; and have both experienced and witnessed the inequities in mentoring among faculty in higher education which fuels my commitment to ensuring that faculty have what they need to develop into their full potential, particularly women, faculty of color, and women faculty of color. I have experience mentoring across the academic pipeline from students, to junior and mid-career faculty both in formal and informal capacities, and am excited to partner with OFEW to help support the mentoring needs of my UCB colleagues.

Lisa García Bedolla

As a core advisory I bring my twenty years of experience navigating the UC system as a woman of color. I have expertise in understanding complex institutions and ensuring that your needs are met within those institutions. When mentoring junior faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates I have focused on helping them to find their voice, their joy, and the career path that best meets their professional and personal needs.

Linda Burton

I have over 35 years of experience in mentoring students and faculty. I directed NIMH’s Family Research Consortium Postdoctoral Training Program and African American Mental Health Research Training Program for over a decade. I also received the Dean’s Excellence Award in Mentoring from Duke University.

Linda Rugg

I have struggled as a scholar with writing, and I feel that I have experiences to share around that struggle. I am a first-generation college graduate in my family, having grown up in the rural Midwest, so I am also familiar with the sense of not belonging in an academic environment. I now work in an administrative role on campus, so I have gained a bird's-eye view of our university culture, its richness and its limitations, and this knowledge could perhaps be of interest.

Hilary Hoynes

I am passionate about mentoring junior faculty and graduate students particularly those in underrepresented groups. Issues I bring to that discussion include: how to say no, how to manage relationships, networking, strategizing to get the career outcomes that you want.

Allan deSouza

I bring extensive experience of mentoring underrepresented students and junior faculty, from the point of hire through their academic careers. My emphasis is on intersections between race, gender, sexuality, disability and class, and how these might enable possibilities for research and self-development, as well as how they are used as constraints by institutions.