MAC Public Keynote

Every year, the MAC Mentoring Program, in collaboration with OISE and other campus partners, hosts the MAC Public Keynote. This keynote talks provides our broader Cornell community the opportunity to learn from scholar-practitioners nationally recognized for their work on improving mentoring practices and academic culture, climate, and sense of belonging within graduate education and the professoriate.

2023 MAC Public Keynote

February 17 | 12-1:30 pm ET

Speaker: Dr. Corey Welch (Northern Cheyenne), Director, STEM Scholars Program, Iowa State University

Register at https://bit.ly/2023-MAC-keynote 

About Our Speaker

Dr. Corey Welch

Dr. Corey Welch is the Director of the STEM Scholars Program at Iowa State University. His love of nature took a first generation, low income, Northern Cheyenne/White kid from a trailer park in Montana toward a career as a biologist. He has a biology degree from Lewis & Clark College, a M.S. in the department of Systematics & Ecology from the University of Kansas, and a Ph.D. in Zoology from the University of Washington. He has done extensive field work in the Kansas, the Pacific Northwest, and Eastern Australia. Prior to his Ph.D., he taught introductory biology & ecology at Haskell Indian Nations University, one of the largest tribal colleges.

After his postdoc, he transitioned to full time student development as a program coordinator of the Biology Scholars Program at UC Berkeley, an innovative nationally recognized program for minorities and low income students. In 2016, he established the STEM Scholars, modeled after this program. The mission of the STEM Scholars is to diversify who succeeds in the sciences with a current 208 membership that is comprised of 62% Minoritized, 60% low income, 71% first generation, and 71% female. Corey uses the latest STEM Education research and his own experience as a first generation, low income, Northern Cheyenne Tribal member to train the next generation of scientists.

Corey frequently gives talks around the country on diversifying the Sciences from the undergraduate to the professoriate, serves on NIH/NSF/HHMI Grant Review Panels, and occasionally publishes papers on ways to improve the biology education and faculty hiring, retention, promotion, and tenure practices. He spoke in Washington D.C. at the March For Science, and from 2016-2021, he served on the National Board of Directors of SACNAS (Society for the Advancement of Chicano/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science) and remains active on several committees. He is a facilitator for two SACNAS annual leadership institutes for STEM PhDs., and co-advises the ISU SACNAS Chapter. As possibly the first and only Northern Cheyenne to earn a Biology Ph.D., he gives back to his tribal community through an annual Northern Cheyenne scholarship honoring his late mother.

Lastly, Dr. Welch claims to have been good at basketball once and is a big comedy and podcast nerd. He lives in Ames, Iowa with his spouse, Dr. Tracy Heath (EEOB ISU) and a golden retriever who is a very good dog.

Sponsorship 

Graduate School Offices of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

2022 MAC Public Keynote: Cultivating Equitable Mentoring Ecosystems

March 22 | 12-1:30 pm ET

Speaker: Dr. Beronda Montgomery, author of Lessons from Plants

Mentoring is often positioned as the transfer of information from an experienced, senior individual (or mentor) to a junior, inexperienced individual (or mentee). Implicit in this description are the ideas that at the core of mentoring is a process of teaching – to guide, instruct and that mentoring may largely be a one-way flow of information. Increasingly, however, mentoring is being understood as a process best facilitated through a bilateral exchange and flow of knowledge and learning between individuals in a mentoring exchange. In this evolving conceptualization and practice of mentoring, both mentor and mentee are positioned as learners and teachers. In this presentation, I explore effective means of cultivating mentoring as a place of collaborative learning and reciprocal cultivation, that promotes the growth and success of all involved in the mentoring process.

About Our Speaker

Beronda Montgomery smiling in a lab settingBeronda L. Montgomery, Ph.D. is the Michigan State University Foundation Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in the Department of Energy Plant Research Laboratory. She is a writer, researcher, and scholar who pursues a common theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Her primary laboratory-based research is focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms (i.e., plants and cyanobacteria) to external light cues. Additionally, Beronda pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring and leadership of individuals, and the role of innovative leaders in supporting success.

Her 2021 book, Lessons From Plants, enters into the depth of botanic experience and shows how we might improve human society by better appreciating not just what plants give us but also how they achieve their own purposes. What would it mean to learn from these organisms, to become more aware of our environments and to adapt to our own worlds by calling on perception and awareness? Montgomery’s meditative study puts before us a question with the power to reframe the way we live: What would a plant do?

Sponsorship 

Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers (NSF AGEP Award Grant Number 1647094), Cornell PACE (NIH National Institutes of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Grant Number R25AI140481), College of Veterinary Medicine Office of Inclusion and Academic Excellence Many Voices, One College, and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion.