Center for Faculty Innovation

Apply for Critical Mentoring: Engaging Diverse Student Participation in Research (January Institute)

Wed, 4 Dec 2019 12:00 AM - 12:00 PM

An intensive full-day, application-based institute.

Thu, Jan 9th, 9 AM- 4 PM in Rose 3311

Application deadline Wed 12/4 at 12:00 PM.

Formerly known as “January Symposium,” January Institute will build community and go deeply into a themed topic. For January Institute 2020, guest scholar Dr. Buffie Longmire-Avital from Elon University will present a synergistic framework for critically mentoring historically underrepresented minority (HURM) students in student research, drawing from her experience mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students. Participants will explore High Impact Practices as a means of sustaining equity, specifically by mentoring historically underrepresented minority students in research. She will be discussing persistent disparities and inequity in higher education, focusing on the need for a critical framework to move the academy into a space that acknowledges, sustains, and thrives on equitable engagement. Finally, participants will explore the challenges to adopting this framework and institutional structures that can either support or challenge these practices.

Dr. Longmire-Avital is an associate professor of psychology and the coordinator of the African and African-American Studies program at Elon University. She received her Ph.D. in applied developmental psychology from New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Her research interests focus on how psychosocial and cultural factors contribute to health disparities that impact minority emerging adults. Dr. Longmire-Avital works as a Center for Engaged Learning Scholar at Elon University, where she is focusing on the experiences of historically underrepresented students in high impact practices. Her blog reflects on best practices to generate and sustain critically conscious approaches that support these often underserved and invisible students.

This Institute is offered through a partnership among the JMU Center for Faculty Innovation, the Office of Research and Scholarship, and The Graduate School.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these program outcomes.

  • Exploring equitable pathways and practices for sustained engagement of HURMS (Historically underrepresented minorities) in student research;
  • Comprehending a framework for understanding the current diversity, inclusion, and equity work in high impact practices;
  • Demonstrating knowledge of how critical and community wealth theories can be applied to working with HURMS in student research;
  • Examining how institutional structures support or challenge the creation of frameworks that engage and sustain equity; and
  • Exploring examples of high-quality student and faculty co-generated, transportable signature work across multiple disciplines.

Faculty participants will make progress toward these scholarship outcomes.

  • Forming collaborative scholarly projects with students, faculty, & staff at JMU and other institutions; and
  • Advancing scholarly skills.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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