[Peer Mentor Training] How and Why to be a Good Graduate Peer Mentor (Dr. Sarah Schwartz - Suffolk University & Dr. Jason Heustis - HMS Program in Grad Ed)


Friday, September 25, 2020, 3:00pm to 4:30pm


Zoom - TBA

In this interactive workshop, Dr. Sarah Schwartz (Suffolk University) and Dr. Jason Heustis (Harvard Medical School) will draw from the best practices outlined in published literature to facilitate discussions and highlight suggestions for peer mentoring in practice.


The topics to be covered include

- a general understanding of good mentoring, mentoring networks and the complementary roles of mentors and other roles (e.g. sponsors)

- evidence of the impact of peer mentoring and the positive outcomes on mentees

- strategies for engaging mentees

- how to identify and acknowledge different mentee needs

- how peer mentoring is bi-directional and benefits mentors


About the speakers:

Dr. Sarah Schwartz is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Suffolk University.  Her scholarship and interests span adolescent risk and resilience; school- and community-based intervention and prevention programs; youth mentoring; positive youth development; transition to adulthood; and youth community organizing.  The goal of Dr. Schwartz's research is to identify, develop, and evaluate effective strategies to foster healthy developmental outcomes during adolescence and the transition to adulthood, particularly among marginalized populations.


Dr. Jason Heustis is Director of Student Development and Training Evaluation for the Program in Graduate Education at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Heustis is responsible for assessing and communicating on opportunities related to supporting graduate student wellness, skills training, professional development and job search.  Dr. Heustis also studies classroom-based skills training for life sciences doctoral students, currently focusing on skills training in research skills, responsible conduct in research, and science communication.