The Importance of Mentorship for LGBTQ+ Scientists

Friday, July 2, 2021

The Importance of Mentorship for LGBTQ+ Scientists For an LGBTQ+ scientist, finding a mentor who shares their scientific expertise as well as their identity can be challenging—especially given the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yet, connecting with a thriving LGBTQ+ community in science can provide an essential support system. It’s also the best way to find mentors who can guide you along your career path and help open new doors. In honor of Pride Month, on June 17, 2021, four LGBTQ+ STEM professionals shared their unique challenges and experiences, and offered advice both for fellow LGBTQ+ scientists and for how institutions can support them.

Speakers: —Millie Copara, PhD, Senior Scientific Recruiter, Recruitomics Consulting —Angel Kaur, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neuroscience, University of North Carolina, Asheville —Jonathan Mathias Lassiter, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychology, Rowan University; Founder and Chief Psychology Officer, Lassiter Health Initiatives —Sharon Milgram, PhD, Director, Office of Intramural Training and Education, National Institutes of Health —Moderated by Stephanie Miller, PhD, Postdoctoral Scholar, Gladstone Institutes

Out in Science is a panel discussion featuring academic leaders and STEM professionals that explores the lives and careers of LGBTQ+ scientists. Since 2014, this annual event has been organized and led by the LGBTQ+ community group at Gladstone, in collaboration with the Graduate and Postdoc Queer Alliance and the LGBT Resource Center at UC San Francisco.