Atlanta Society of Mentors

Founded by faculty at Emory University, the Atlanta Society of Mentors (ASOM) aims to coordinate the efforts of autonomous local chapters in its member institutions to evaluate, implement, and foster modern and innovative mentoring practices in the STEM disciplines. Major goals are to improve the mentoring cultures, to recognize and nurture talent from under-represented student groups, and to provide students with the knowledge and skills to pursue the careers of their choice.

Currently, the Emory University chapter is active and a Georgia Tech chapter is in development through a collaboration of the Atlanta BEST Program and Emory’s Initiative to Maximize Student Development.   Areas of focus include mentor assessment and awareness, a mentoring workshop series, and a mentor-certification program.

Membership in ASOM is open to any faculty member in the STEM disciplines at the participating institutions. More details to come, contact atlmentors@emory.edu.

Emory University is piloting the first series of mentor training for faculty at Emory this Fall 2016. Curriculum is based on the National Research Mentoring Network and the University of Wisconsin- Madison curriculum. This curriculum has been developed and tested through evidence base research that shows mentors who participate in these workshops improve their mentoring capacity over time. The Emory Fall 2016 series will include workshops on an Introduction to Mentor Training; Communication and Setting Expectations; Diversity and Cultural Issues, Conflict Management and Crucial Conversations; Getting and Keeping Students on Track; and Promoting Professional Development. These 6 sessions will lead to a certificate of completion for faulty who attend all 6 workshops. There will be an optional Self-Awareness workshop at the end of the series for those interested.