Transforming Challenges into Opportunities: Mentors, Imposter Syndrome, and Diversity

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How can you choose a mentor that will support your academic and personal career goals? How do you recognize and overcome imposter syndrome? How can you champion diversity and why is it vital to do so?

Dr. Armando M. Rivera-Figueroa, Dean of Economic Development and Workforce Education at Los Angeles City College will share the inspirational story of his journey overcoming challenges and embracing opportunities on his way to a successful academic career as a Community College chemistry faculty, investigator, and administrator. Learn the importance of choosing and having a mentor at all stages of an academic and professional career, how imposter syndrome can show up unannounced, why it is important to recognize it, and ways to overcome it; and finally, how to champion diversity, when and how to speak up, and why it is important to do it. Register now to learn how to embrace diversity, take as many opportunities as possible, and never be ashamed to ask for help!

This ACS Webinar is moderated by Victoria Fuentes, a Program Manager in the Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR) at the American Chemical Society and is co-produced by the Office of DEIR at ACS.

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What You Will Learn

  • How to find support and mentorship as student and professional
  • How to overcome imposter syndrome
  • Examples of strategies to champion diversity

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What an attendee said about this ACS Webinar!

Great perspectives, especially on recognizing and combating imposter syndrome that has us diminish our own success.

Meet the Experts

Dr. Armando M. Rivera-Figueroa
Dean, Academic Affairs, School of Business, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,
Los Angeles City College

Victoria Fuentes
DEIR Program Manager, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Respect (DEIR), American Chemical Society

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