Part of the UW Collaborative Center for Health Equity (CCHE) portfolio of programs to promote diversity in science, STRIDE is a mentored career development program designed for early career faculty from groups underrepresented in the translational research workforce. The program provides a supportive environment and training in mentorship, scientific writing, grantsmanship, and networking. The program also provides an opportunity for scholars to connect with underrepresented institutional leaders.
What does STRIDE provide for early career faculty?
I’m excited to have the opportunity to enrich our mission-central initiatives to advance diversity and inclusive excellence. 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 Scholars attend monthly STRIDE seminars (90-minutes), designed 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.
STRIDE Scholars identify a primary mentor to support their participation in the STRIDE program. Scholars and their mentor meet with Olayinka Shiyanbola, PhD, B. Pharm, the STRIDE Faculty Director: once at the start of the academic year, and a second time mid-way through the academic year. These meetings provide an opportunity to review the scholar’s scholastic plans and provide resources to advance the scholar’s career development.
STRIDE Scholars participate in mentorship training provided by the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). STRIDE mentors are also invited to complete mentor training if they have not previously participated in a formalized mentor training program.
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STRIDE scholars are eligible for ICTR-sponsored pilot awards and other related ICTR resources.
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During the 2020-2021 academic year, the UW ICTR 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.
From this experience, CCHE created STRIDE, a career development program for early career and junior faculty at UW-Madison whose scholarship falls within the translational research spectrum. STRIDE is made possible by the UW-Madison Institute for Clinical & Translational Research with support from NIH-NCATS Clinical and Translational Science Award (CTSA) and a grant from the Wisconsin Partnership Program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health Program, Wisconsin Partnership Program.