Affiliates Mentoring Circles

Following the BRAINS Affiliates Virtual Workshop Series, Affiliates can foster and extend their BRAINS experiences through facilitated Fellows Mentoring Circles. To participate, individuals must have participated in at least two BRAINS Affiliates Virtual Workshop programs.

Each Affiliate Mentoring Circle will be comprised of eight to nine participants and one facilitator from the BRAINS team. As with the Fellows Mentoring Circle program, the circles strive to provide both structure and flexibility to best facilitate peer-to-peer mentoring. In addition, the circles provide frequent and safe forums in which to discuss concerns and receive constructive feedback, as well as set realistic personal goals. Facilitated discussions may include topics such as time management, navigating institutional culture, stress and conflict, writing and productivity, and self care. To facilitate the most meaningful and useful dialogues and ensure trust among group members, all participants and facilitators will sign a non-disclosure form.

The General Goals of Mentoring Circles

  • Extension of BRAINS Affiliates community and peer mentoring experience.
  • Focused individual time for work on career issues and challenges with wisdom of a group.
  • Take time for self, to give feedback and to incorporate BRAINS skills, strategies and practices into everyday life.
  • Gain perspective and problem-solve.

BRAINS Mentoring Circles Calendar

The BRAINS Affiliates Virtual Workshops, Fellows Mentoring Circles, and Affiliates Mentoring Circles all share the same online meeting platform. Thus to avoid scheduling conflicts, please reference this calendar and contact brains@uw.edu if your Mentoring Circle group changes its regular meeting time.