The Memphis Women+'s Mentorship Network

The University of Memphis needs a comprehensive mentorship network to support women+ students, faculty, and staff across  disciplines, ranks, and colleges. The idea for this network began in Fall 2019 with the goal of coordinating a group of women+ scholars across computational, cognitive, and neuro-social sciences, but it quickly became apparent that the need was far greater than that limited scope.

The group initially met monthly, discussing topics such as imposter syndrome, work-life balance, and collaborating across disciplines. Dr. Leah Windsor began developing an advisory board, and received $150 from the College of Arts and Sciences for refreshments at the monthly meetings, and $500 in commitments from the Division of Research and Innovation for an inaugural mentorship conference in April 2020, which was ultimately cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The basic orienting principles for the group are embodied in its Vision, Mission, and Goals.

Vision, Mission, and Goals

Vision: Promote gender parity in the academic environment among students, faculty, and staff at The University of Memphis

Mission: To build a mentoring community of women+ at The University of Memphis

Goals: Share knowledge and best practices about retaining women+ at all levels in academia; Workshop research ideas; Discuss computational approaches; Foster mentorship across rank attainment and disciplines.