Graduate student advising
On April 5, 2022, Dr. Tiera Coston led the discussion on graduate student mentoring via the zoom workshop: "Conversations in Mentorship."
Coston has a Ph.D. in molecular and cellular biology and serves as the assistant dean for academic outreach and engagement in the college of arts and sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. She directs the CARE program, which supports the success of first-time, first-generation students. Coston collaborates with faculty to develop their teaching and mentorship in a variety of projects that have been sponsored by Innovation through Institutional Integration, Research Initiative for Scientific Enhancement, and Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity.
The workshop addressed barriers to effective mentorship and introduced practical tools and resources that participants could use to enhance their mentorship skills and mentoring relationships. Drawing on professional literature, Coston led participants through the rationale for strong mentoring, developing a mentoring philosophy, and designing a mentoring compact.
This event was hosted by the Graduate School and the Faculty Development, Assessment and Improvement Committee of the Faculty Senate.