35th Annual Conference

March 27-29, 2023


The Power of Reciprocity: How Reciprocal Mentoring Makes for a More Inclusive Organization

90-minute Workshops

Day 1

Session Code: S1-C
When: April 5, 2022
Level: Intermediate
Track: DEI Strategy
Presenters: Dr. Karen Francis, American Institutes for Research (AIR)  |  Cecilia Newman, American Institutes for Research (AIR)  |  Graciela Castillo, American Institutes for Research (AIR)  |  Nicol Christie, American Institutes for Research (AIR)  |  Joseph Richards, American Institutes for Research (AIR)


Reciprocal Mentoring is a growing practice used to increase organizational capacity to lead a diverse workforce and increase participation of people of diverse backgrounds in its leadership pipeline. The American Institutes for Research (AIR) launched the Reciprocal Mentoring Program (RMP) in 2019, which gave staff from underrepresented groups greater exposure to senior leaders and provided an opportunity for all participants to learn from people whose experiences may differ from their own.

This session will provide insights about how, throughout the 12-month program, AIR continuously evaluated the effectiveness of the program to understand in what way it can continue to be improved for future cohorts.

Learning Outcomes

• Define what Reciprocal Mentoring is and how it increases organizational capacity, promotes a diverse and inclusive workforce, and increases employee engagement
• Understand the importance of recognizing the needs of your organization when it comes to developing a mentorship program
• Maximize program evaluation to guide the effective implementation and improvement for a mentorship program

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