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Cultivating Equitable Mentoring Ecosystems

March 23, 2022 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm

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Two In-Person Keynote Talks with 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.

Access Dr. Montgomery’s e-book: Lessons from Plants

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CVM: Many Voices, One College Keynote

Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm ET

Grab & Go Boxed Lunch Available Following the Talk

Location: Lecture Halls 4 and 5, CVM Center

Questions? Contact pace@cornell.edu.

Co-hosted by the PACE Program and the College of Veterinary Medicine

2022 MAC Mentoring Program Keynote

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Time: 11:00am – 12:30 pm ET

Location: G10 Biotech

Grab & Go Boxed Lunch Available Following the Talk

Questions? Contact grad_assoc_dean@cornell.edu

Co-hosted by the Multicultural Academic Council and the Graduate School Offices of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers


About the Speaker:

Beronda Montgomery

Beronda 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?


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, Graduate School Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, and Future Faculty and Academic Careers (NSF AGEP Award Grant Number 1647094), and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Office of Diversity and Inclusion.


March 23, 2022
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Event Category:


Diversity & Inclusion
Focus Area
Build Your Skills
Transferable Skills
Teaching & Mentoring
Graduate School, Graduate Office of Inclusion and Student Engagement, CIRTL at Cornell