Mentoring and Career Development: 2020 Guilamo-Ramos and Keene

Guilamo-Ramos will use this grant to assist in the development of a university-wide evidence-based mentoring infrastructure that will directly support early-career researchers of color.

With more than 20 years of experience mentoring students, postdoctoral fellows, and early career faculty and as Director of the NYU Center for Drug Use and HIV Research and the Associate Vice Provost of NYU’s Mentoring and Outreach Programs, Guilamo-Ramos is uniquely positioned to improve mentoring relationships at a large scale. In addition to assisting in the development of a university-wide evidence-based mentoring infrastructure, Guilamo-Ramos also identifies two independent learning goals for the grant. First, he will learn about positionality in the context of mentoring relationships and apply lessons learned to the development of the NYU mentoring plan. Second, he will develop and disseminate mentoring support resources for early career faculty, with an emphasis on mentees and mentors of color. This grant will support Lance Keene, an African American postdoctoral fellow at the NYU Center for Latino Adolescent and Family Health. Keene’s program of research explores participatory, youth-friendly, and community-based strategies to leverage the existing HIV treatment and prevention infrastructure for young sexual minority men of color as an opportunity to go beyond sexual health and to promote facilitators of long-term life opportunities. His goals include 1) developing skills as a mixed-methods interventionist; 2) learning to navigate the sociocultural norms of the academy in order to succeed at a research institution; and 3) translating inequality-focused research into impactful programs, policies, and practice interventions that will impact real world settings.