Inclusive Environments: Finding Support When Isolated

In this episode, Dr. Barabino shares how she responded to a lack of mentorship, where she found supportive networks, and how she’s creating inclusive environments so that marginalized students don’t have to face the same obstacles.

In STEMM fields, students and professionals from marginalized populations often feel misunderstood or isolated because their identities differ from their peers. Biomedical engineer Dr. Gilda Barabino often found herself taking roles in which she was the first and only African American woman in her position. At times, it was very isolating. 

In this episode, Dr. Barabino shares how she responded to a lack of mentorship, where she found supportive networks, and how she’s creating inclusive environments so that marginalized students don’t have to face the same obstacles. 

Dr. Gilda Barabino is a biomedical engineer with a background in chemical engineering. She specialized in sickle cell research and cellular and tissue engineering. She also deeply understands the role of race, ethnicity, and gender in science and engineering. Dr. Barabino is a member of the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Medicine. She is currently the president of the Olin College of Engineering

To learn more about the Science of Effective Mentorship in STEMM report, and for a guide to implementing best practices at your institution, visit NAS.edu/mentoring

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