Quotes from Past Participants

“This program is so empowering and not just in theory but in practice as well – I have the tools to go forward.”

“Seeing the threads throughout and how all the puzzle pieces fit together has been amazing. The scope of what we were all able to accomplish in those 8 days is really amazing. I will value this experience forever and am very grateful for having had the opportunity to participate.”

“It is heartening to know that there are colleagues searching as I am searching - for meaning, a sense of purpose that is bigger than what I routinely encounter or derive from day-to-day work.”

“It has definitely increased my vitality. I feel empowered to reflect and to look ahead.”

“After developing the Academic Development Plan, it was much easier for me to think through problems that I was facing in my research and to prioritize what was most important in my academic development.”

“Peer mentoring has been a revelation. This is a much more powerful model.”

“The guided and structured approaches to identify core values and strengths and the many reflective exercises have given me a much better understanding of misalignments in the past and a lot of ideas to pursue to achieve a much better integration.”

“I feel a part of something bigger than just what is going on at my local institution.”

“It has increased my vitality even during a challenging time in my career. Knowing that I had a supportive group with whom I could share my challenges gave me the strength to stand up for myself, stay true to my values, and to make decisions to protect myself and preserve my integrity.”

“The course did give me a newfound appreciation for the leadership qualities I would have to offer.”

“Practically everything we have done this year can and will be applied to what I envision and hope for regarding my future professional role.”

“I have a different, much clearer, view on mentoring than I had before participating in this course.”

“This program has been instrumental in my personal and leadership journey.”

“It has been a refreshing experience. We talk about things that are never discussed in my workplace, and in ways we never interact in my workplace.”

“It’s not the typical mentoring that I think most of us are familiar with, which is more related to technical skill and transactional skills, … this will help you get to the next level - ­ leadership and team building and professional advancement - to what we truly want to do, how we want to develop academically, and how to get there.”

Contact Us

For any questions please contact:

Kristen Mullin at mullin@brandeis.edu

or cchange@brandeis.edu

Ode to Summer C - Change

We gather here together in our third session of four
To talk, reflect, and contemplate together one time more
Thanks, Linda, Sally, Mark for all the effort that you gave
To fostering a space for us that is both safe and brave
We started by referring to Archbishop Desmond Tutu
The essence of humanity, he says, lies in ubuntu
A person is a person through relationships, we learned
And we can thrive within the trusting circle we have earned
There’s different types of listening, each has a different role
If there’s a fire, listen to your agenda is the goal
To diagnose, we aim to fix, and often analyze
But in deep listening, we learned, do NOT aim to advise
Ask open honest questions.  A most important part
Is that you listen with your ears that are within your heart
You let the speaker hear themself, stand at the intersection
Of presence and of letting go, attention and intention
We talked about identities.  What made us who we are?
Shared stories of experiences lived both near and far
Each of us is “other.” So let’s take joy and pride
In differences that can connect much more than they divide
We did “Samoan circles” and we found, to our elation
That we could talk of difference and survive the conversation!
And on the second day, as a warm cohesive bunch
We had an indoor and an outdoor lovely picnic lunch
The session soon is ending.  We’ll take off and back we’ll roam
From Boston to whatever place we’re used to calling home
Our time together is a gift.  I’m grateful to you all
Let’s look ahead to when we’ll be together in the fall.
Laura Liberman, MD
C - Change Mentoring and Leadership Institute 2018 participant