The Solidarity, Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity Mentorship Program
The Solidarity, Leadership, Inclusion, Diversity (SoLID) Mentorship program is a new initiative formed by graduate students from the Biosciences and funded by the VPGE’s Diversity and Inclusion Innovation Funds (DIF). Mentorship is multi-dimensional and is vital to graduate students’ success. As a result, students and their primary research advisors will both benefit from a bigger and broader mentoring team. SoLID connects Biosciences students with faculty who can provide additional mentorship to guide and support students on issues that may be largely outside of their research, such as advocacy, diversity and inclusion, academic activism, mental health and wellness, balancing social justice work and lab productivity, stereotype threat, microaggressions, impostor syndrome, unconscious bias, among others. SoLID faculty mentors were selected because of their active participation in outreach, diversity, and inclusion initiatives during their time at Stanford. We are excited to have such committed faculty and we hope graduate students will benefit from the wider support network that SoLID provides.