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C O P H Students and Staff LaToya Blanks, M P H, Nakita Lovelady, M P H, Sharon Sanders, M P H and Stephanie Williams, M P H, M P S with Director of Southern Regional Education Board, Ansley Abraham at Teaching and Mentoring Institute

From left to right:
Stephanie Williams, Nakita Lovelady, Ansley Abraham (Director of Southern Regional Education Board), Sharon Sanders, and LaToya Blanks

Four students in the COPH PhD program, Health Promotion and Prevention, along with COPH alumna and Assistant Professor Brooke Montgomery, PhD, attended the 2014 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring, which was held in Atlanta on the last four days of October. The annual conference, sponsored by The Compact for Faculty Diversity, is the largest national gathering of doctoral scholars in the STEM disciplines and provides scholars with skills to succeed in graduate school and in their careers as a faculty member.

Attending this year from UAMS were LaToya Blanks, MPH; Nakita Lovelady, MPH; Sharon Sanders, MPH; and Stephanie Williams, MPH, MPS.

Presenting at the conference were Dr. Montgomery and her mentor, Katharine E. Stewart, PhD, the College’s former Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. The title of their presentation was “Transitions: Making a Mentoring Relationship Work Over the Course of a Career,” in which they talked about changes in mentoring relationships over time and how cultural and family difference affect and enrich a mentoring relationship.

Dr. Montgomery also gave a talk entitled, “Women of Color in Academia,” in which she shared on the challenges facing women of color today in academia and how to meet the competing responsibilities of career and family.