This is part of a series of blog posts explaining our push for centering mentoring in academia. We are organizing a meeting in Chicago in June 2019 to take action – you can learn more about the effort here.

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We are focused on our project to center mentoring as a priority at academic institutions. We are organizing a meeting in Chicago on June 14th 2019 that is looking on what changes, and importantly how to effect them, need to take place in departments and institutions. We are aiming to bring together those working in this space already, and are discussing our proposal for a third-party to evaluate mentoring at the departmental and institutional levels.
We have released a brochure summarizing the meeting, and in brief what we are doing and why we are doing it.
We are calling for abstracts from those who may have best practices to share, particularly from who are not at the research-intensive institutions on which these efforts usually focus.
If you would like to submit an abstract, or know of someone who would be interested, please submit using this link.
We also aim to have satellite meetings, live-streaming the Chicago talks to campuses around the country but allowing departments or institutions interested in moving forward in the mentoring space to hear the discussions and discuss how to take action.
Please let us know if you think your campus/organization might be interested in providing a space for a satellite meeting, by emailing
We are still asking for help in raising funds for this meeting, and hope that maybe at the end of the year you may be able to support our efforts through our GoFundMe page. So far we have raised $12,000 in total since Giving Tuesday towards the effort, which has been a brilliant start!