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Breakout 12: Mentoring: Pathways of Mentorship

Date: Thursday, 31 May

Time: 4:30-5:30 pm (1 hour)


Toby Hodges

Kari L. Jordan


What are the characteristics of a great mentor? How can I lead small groups of instructors and other community members to achieve a common goal? During this session, we will explore strategies and resources to help potential mentors prepare to lead groups around teaching Carpentries material, hosting self-organizing workshops, and maintaining Carpentries lessons. Participants will leave equipped with the tools to mentor individuals locally, and across the Carpentries’ global community.

The Plan

Part 1: Introductions and Icebreakers

Part 2: Overview of Carpentries Mentoring

  • Mentoring Groups
  • Mentoring Subcommittee

Part 3: Group Breakouts

Split the room into topical round tables to discuss mentoring strategies for individuals who want to:

  • Teach workshops
  • Self-organizing workshops
  • Maintain Carpentries lessons

Session Lead Notes

Part 4: Wrap-up & Discussion

  • What resources can we as a community provide to address the questions we have as a group?
  • What advice or resources do we have in general for mentors?
  • Session leads go around the room and ask individuals what they are comfortable helping people with. Add information to this etherpad