Advancing Inclusive Mentoring (AIM)
A Mentor Training Program Tailored for Faculty Members of Undergraduate Researchers
The AIM program, is a mentor training program developed at California State University Long Beach as part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity (BUILD) Initiative. Called “Beach Mentor” at the CSULB campus, the AIM program has trained over 150 mentors in our effective and engaging program. The overarching goals of AIM are to provide a variety of engaging faculty training resources to promote student success through positive and inclusive mentoring. Because student involvement in high impact practices such as research, scholarly, and creative activities boost student success – particularly when associated with strong mentorship, learning the best practices for mentoring is a critical component of facilitating student success. The AIM Program works towards that goal by providing a hybrid program: 35 videos across six learning modules are accompanied by six synchronous discussions to build a community of practice around mentoring on your campus. AIM provides videos featuring faculty and staff members from around the CSULB campus who share tips and ideas on best practices in mentoring, along with re-enactments (actors and animation scenes) of student/professor scenarios that are based on real mentoring stories collected from the CSULB campus community. The AIM modules are structured to meet key learning outcomes and include: Communicating with your Mentee; Inclusive Mentoring; Cultivating Mentee Growth & Development; Facilitating Mentee Health & Wellbeing; Mentee-Centered Mentoring; and a Mentoring Toolbox. These modules not only cover critical topics such as social justice mentoring and issues of equity, combating discrimination and culturally aware mentoring, they also help to define the broad role(s) of an undergraduate mentor. In addition to the videos, AIM ‘Top Tips’ handouts for each of the 35 episodes are provided to participants, along with additional outside resources. Following completion of the self-paced six module quizzes that follow the video episodes, members earn a certificate of completion for the six-hour Beach Mentor program. A Leader’s Manual has been created to encourage sharing of experiences and expertise within the discussion group. The manual provides group activities, discussion prompts, and session notes for these facilitated discussions. The AIM Program shares key mentoring practices that, when used by faculty mentors on campus, can help students feel welcomed, empowered, supported- and geared for success!
AIM works best when accompanied by a facilitated discussion session. Interested in bringing AIM with discussion session to your campus? Please contact Kelly Young at Kelly.firstname.lastname@example.org. Any interested mentor can enroll in the online portion of the course on Canvas, please enroll in the online portion of AIM; follow our step by step instructions for new users. For information on how the AIM program (called Beach Mentor at CSULB) was created, view the Beach Mentor Backstory.
Our pilot project examining the difference between online and in person discussion sessions. Young et al., 2021.