ACS Webinar

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?

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 Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, Senior Vice President of 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.

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

Meet The Experts

Armando M. Rivera-Figueroa, Dean of Economic Development and Workforce Education, Los Angeles City College

Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, Senior Vice President, Office of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Respect, American Chemical Society

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