Dr. Valire Copeland, LEND faculty, part of Mentoring Project group

The National  Center of Cultural Competence (NCCC), Georgetown University Center for Child and Human Development,  has conducted a project to explore mentoring, an approach with proven efficacy to support racially and ethnically diverse students and faculty who are underrepresented within MCH training programs.  It convened an Ad Hoc Expert Group of nine individuals from a broad range of disciplines and programs to provide input to the project.   Dr. Valire Copeland,  LEND of Pittsburgh Faculty,  was a member of this group. 

The project has developed a number of resources to inform MCHB funded programs about using mentoring as an evidence-based strategy to increase the number of students and faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in maternal and child health training programs.

  • A review of the peer-reviewed and gray literature that explores research on the importance of mentoring and successful mentoring models for both students and faculty. To view a Webinar summarizing the finding from this literature review click here.
  • A summary of what NCCC learned from informal listening sessions with students and faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in maternal and child health training programs about their need for mentoring and their experiences being mentored.
  • A list of multi-institutional or national programs that support mentoring efforts for students and faculty from racial and ethnic groups underrepresented in maternal and child health training programs identified by the Ad Hoc Expert Group and the students and faculty in the informal listening sessions.