STRIDE Program

Success Together Reaching Independence, Diversity, and Empowerment (STRIDE) is a mentored professional development program designed for early career faculty in the translational research workforce whose research focuses on addressing health disparities and improving health equity. STRIDE provides a supportive environment and training in mentorship, scientific writing, grantsmanship, and networking. The program also provides an opportunity for scholars to connect with institutional leaders with shared lived experiences.

STRIDE Scholars 2022-2023

From left to right: Amy Filut (STRIDE Program Manager), Erica Knavel-Koepsel, Leigh Senderowicz, Olayinka Shiyanbola (STRIDE Faculty Director), Yohualli Anaya, Ivan Rosado-Mendez, Terry Little (STRIDE Program Manager).
Not pictured: Quaovi Sodji, Shinye Kim, Sancia Ferguson, and Angela Fernandez.




What does STRIDE provide for early career faculty?

I’m excited to have the opportunity to enrich our mission-central initiatives to advance health equity. As both a HELI alumnus and a former KL2 scholar, I know the impact of ICTR support on career success. The STRIDE program will provide a holistic approach to delivering that support.

Olayinka Shiyanbola, PhD, BPharm, Associate Director of ICTR Collaborative Center for Health Equity, STRIDE Faculty Director

STRIDE Components

STRIDE Faculty Director Olayinka Shiyanbola, PhD, B.Pharm,


STRIDE scholars identify a primary mentor to support their participation in the STRIDE program. Scholars and their mentor meet with STRIDE Faculty Director, Dr. Olayinka Shiyanbola, twice during the academic year: once during the fall semester and a second time during the spring semester. These meetings provide an opportunity to review the scholar’s academic plans and provide resources to advance their career development.

STRIDE scholars are invited to participate in ICTR-sponsored Mentoring Up training.  STRIDE mentors are invited to complete mentor training if they have not previously participated in a formalized mentor training program.

STRIDE Seminars

STRIDE scholars attend monthly seminars (90-minutes) to provide early career faculty with an opportunity to participate in near-peer mentoring through the exchange of information about topics relevant to their research and sharing lived experiences. Seminar topics include time management, equity and inclusion, grant writing, creating effective presentations, biosketches and CVs, self-promotion on social media, negotiation, writing productivity, and other topics.

Want to learn more about the STRIDE Program?

Email Amy Filut at

Ready to apply?

We are currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 academic year! Click here to submit an application.

Funding Opportunities

STRIDE scholars are eligible for ICTR-sponsored pilot awards and other related ICTR resources.


During the 2020-2021 academic year, the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research participated in Building Up, a career development intervention designed for postdocs and junior faculty who identify as a member of a group underrepresented in health-related sciences sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh.

As a result, the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) created STRIDE, a mentored professional development program for early career and junior faculty at UW whose scholarship falls within the translational research spectrum.

Funding for STRIDE was provided by the UW School of Medicine and Public Health from the Wisconsin Partnership Program (Grant ID #5132) through a grant to the UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research. The UW Institute for Clinical and Translational Research also receives funding from NIH-NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) 1UL1TR002373.