Inclusive Lab Leaders

NOW FOR GRADS AND POSTDOCS, JOIN ILL-GRAD!

Become more effective today, and learn how to plan ahead to lead an inclusive lab once you are a PI yourself. Starts fall 2019!

The Inclusive Lab Leaders-Grads (ILL-GRAD) workshops are a new program by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. The goal of this program is to help graduate students and postdocs develop the skills and perspective needed to succeed in their research groups, and develop materials to help them eventually lead their own laboratories.

Did you start your PhD only to find communication with your PI mystifying? Are you a veteran postdoc who still finds engaging with peers frustrating? Do you have the goal of creating a more inclusive space that develops excellent scientists, but aren’t quite sure how? The Inclusive Lab Leaders program is for you!

This workshop series centers the needs of grad students and postdocs, which are to produce excellent science and work within the expectations of their department and lab group, in order to create an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion, openness, and listening. We will work with trainees in a small group setting through four stages of skill development.

Session 1: Participating in an inclusive, productive lab. Friday, September 13th from 9:30-11:30am, room 4269 Beckman.
Facilitators: Kate Clancy and Ripan Malhi

For the first session, “Participating in an inclusive, productive lab,” we will provide workshop attendees with a basic script for setting professional expectations. We will then bust myths around interpersonal skills in the sciences, ways in which culture and climate can diverge, and hold a panel of successful trainees who have navigated difficult circumstances. We will do values-engaged exercises to help workshop members contribute to brave spaces in their labs for innovation and productivity.

 

Last semester’s workshops!

Become a more productive and effective PI, attend the Inclusive Lab Leaders workshops for spring 2019!

The Inclusive Lab Leaders workshops are a new program by the 21st Century Scientists Initiative at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science & Technology. The goal of this program is to help PIs, new and veteran, become more effective at managing their research groups.

Did you start your job as faculty only to find that your training did not prepare you for personnel management? Are you a veteran PI who still finds aspects of managing a lab frustrating? Do you have the goal of creating a more inclusive space that develops excellent scientists, but aren’t quite sure how? The Inclusive Lab Leaders program is for you!

This workshop series centers the needs of the PI, which are to produce excellent science and work within the expectations of tenure and promotion, in order to create an atmosphere of collaboration, inclusion, openness, and listening. We will work with PIs in a small group setting through four stages of skill development.

Session 1: Leading an inclusive, productive lab. Friday, February 8th from 9:30-11:30am, room 5602 Beckman.

Facilitators: Kate Clancy and Ripan Malhi

For the first session, “Leading an inclusive, productive lab,” we will provide workshop attendees with the language, awareness, and understanding to create a culture of inclusion in their labs or research groups. We will do values-engaged exercises to help workshop members create brave spaces in their labs for innovation and productivity.

 

Session 2: Transforming conflict into collaboration. Friday, March 15th from 9:30-11:30am, room 1005 Beckman.

Facilitators: Mikhail Lyubansky

The second session, “Transforming conflict into collaboration,” will address how to work through conflict in the lab. Rather than avoiding or escalating conflict, this workshop will help PIs manage and engage with conflict and have the difficult conversations that are so important to mentoring, collaboration, and scientific advancement.

 

Session 3: Recognizing and navigating power dynamics in research. Friday, April 12th from 9:30-11:30am, room 1005 Beckman.

Facilitators: Beth Hoag and Janice Collins

Session three, “Recognizing and navigating power dynamics in research” will help PIs define different types of power and how they can be understood in the context of a research team. We will engage in self-reflection about our own power in a research setting and past experiences with how power works in science. Finally, we will identify and develop tools to empower our research teams.

 

Session 4: Creating sustainable systems to support our work. Friday, May 10th from 9:30-11:30am, room 1005 Beckman.

Facilitators: to be named

The fourth session is entitled “Creating sustainable systems to support our work.” In this final session we will reflect on the material we have learned over the previous sessions, and leverage it to build an inclusive research team that gets the best out of everybody. We will go over policy structures like codes of conduct, but also restorative practices for handling conflict, training options for empowering students, and inclusion practices for building equity in science.

We recommend PIs attend all four sessions to gain the most from the program. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

 

Facilitators of the Inclusive Lab Leaders Program:

Kathryn Clancy is the director of the 21st Century Scientists Initiative. She an Associate Professor of Anthropology and co-director of the Laboratory for Evolutionary Endocrinology. She is a co-author of the National Academies 2018 report on sexual harassment in the sciences.

Janice Collins is a multi-Emmy, Associated Press, Best of Gannett award-winning journalist with more than 20 years of experience in the journalism industry in producing, editing, videojournalism, reporting and writing. Dr. Collins’ research focuses mainly on processes of De-Marginalization through storytelling, self-empowerment, leadership development and issues of Power along the lines of race, gender, newsroom cultures and learning spaces.

C. K. Gunsalus is the director of the National Center for Professional and Research Ethics. Gunsalus is the PI for the $2.7M Developing University Leaders Project with Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and was the PI for the centerpiece project of NCPRE, a national online ethics resource center initiated with $1.5M from the National Science Foundation. She has been on the faculty of the colleges of Business, Law, and Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign and served as Special Counsel in the Office of University Counsel.

Beth Hoag is the Associate Director of the Illinois Leadership® Center (ILC).  She in the campus investigator for the Multi-Institutional Study of Leadership (MSL) and directs the ILC’s research and assessment efforts.

Mikhail Lyubansky is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Illinois. His work is broadly focused on conflict and restorative responses to conflict in a variety of different contexts, including schools, organizations, and intentional communities. As part of Conflict 180 (co-founded with Elaine Shpungin), he supports schools, organizations, and workplaces in developing restorative strategies for engaging conflict, building conflict facilitation skills and evaluating the outcomes associated with restorative responses.

Ripan S. Malhi is a Professor of Anthropology and director of the Molecular Anthropology Laboratory. He runs the NIH-funded Summer Internship for INdigneous peoples in Genomics (SING) and is a co-investigator of the Increasing Diversity in Evolutionary Anthropological Sciences (IDEAS) program.

Ross Wantland has been the director of Diversity & Social Justice Education in the Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations since 2009. Prior to this, he worked for eight years with sexual assault prevention at the Women’s Resources Center. Before working at the University, Ross worked in both rape crisis and domestic violence centers, and co-founded Men Against Sexual Violence.

Calendar:

Session 1: Leading an inclusive, productive lab. Friday, February 8th from 9:30-11:30am, room 5602 Beckman. Registration link.

Session 2: Transforming conflict into collaboration. Friday, March 15th from 9:30-11:30am, room 1005 Beckman. Registration link.

Session 3: Recognizing and navigating power dynamics in research. Friday, April 12th from 9:30-11:30am, room 1005 Beckman.  Registration link.

Session 4: Creating sustainable systems to support our work. Friday, May 10th from 9:30-11:30am, room 1005 Beckman.  Registration link.

Email kclancy@illinois.edu with any questions.