Intentional Mentorship Program for Native American & Indigenous Graduate Students in STEM
STEM Routes has collaborated with the Center for Native American & Indigenous Studies (CNAIS) to develop a mentorship program model for Native and Indigenous graduate students in STEM fields in the College of Arts & Sciences (CA&S). After inspecting some of the barriers inherent to the academic professional space that affect Native & Indigenous students, we requested funding to develop a program that centers student experiences and identities. We have designed our program with an approach to mentorship that minimizes inadvertent harm and empowers students through building community. Here are some of the ways our program stands out from other mentorship programs at the University of Colorado Boulder.