I recently attended a professional development event during which we were asked to identify projects that made us feel proud. Resoundingly, the list comprised my efforts towards helping others in my lab and generally at UCSF feel more connected and supported through creative forms of mentorship. These efforts include creating and leading a subgroup for women in my lab (typically our "subgroups" are dedicated to scientific topics like neurons, glia, or tau - focused topics that unite the various projects in my lab), organizing a post-pandemic bay area meeting for scientists interested in neurodegeneration with a focus on trainees and technicians, completing UCSF's Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Academic Leadership Program, and working with our Professional Development Office to conduct a study to assess if mentorship workshops are more impactful when taken as an individual or with the company of lab mates/coworkers. I am energized by opportunities and projects that help people feel connected in their communities (from their individual lab to campus-wide institution). I strongly believe feeling agency, competency, and relatedness (the key principles of self determination theory) within your community promotes an inclusive and productive work environment, and I think joining this community will help me continue to work towards expanding these concepts to larger communities and overcome obstacles that I have experienced.
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