Latina Researchers Celebrate Anniversary with Webinars, Pláticas, Interviews & Career Support Groups

Posted: Apr 20 2014

On April 27th, 2013, the Latina Researchers Network celebrates their one-year anniversary of the inaugural Latina Researchers Conference: Increasing the Pipeline for Future Scholars. The Network is a multidisciplinary community of activist scholars, researchers and aspiring investigators from across the United States.


Founded to address the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced degrees, the group will celebrate their anniversary by once again showcasing the work of renowned scholars and researchers. The anniversary celebration includes methodological and professional development webinars, interviews with leading Latina leaders andpláticas, intimate virtual support groups for students and early career investigators! The programs “aim to provide students and early career investigators with tangible tools they need to succeed and a visual of stories of success”, said Dr. Silvia Mazzula, the Network’s Director.


The first webinar features Dr. Margarita Alegríra, one of the country’s leading Latina researchers, and the Director of the Center for Multicultural Mental Health Research and professor of psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Alegría’s program will cover important and necessary information on how to develop competitive grant proposals to secure funding for research programs. The first interview to be highlighted futures Dr. Patricia Arredondo, the first Latina President of the Chicago School of Professional Psychology, Chicago Campus, and honored as a “Living Legend” by the American Counseling Association. For a more intimate conversation around the needs of students and early career professionals, the anniversary celebration also launches their pláticas, lead by the Network’s Professional Development DirectorDr. Josephine “Josie” Serrata, an early career investigator and Research Manager at Casa Esperanza National Latin@ Network.


Since the inaugural Conference, the Network leaders have been busy working to “increase the pipeline for future scholars” said Dr. Mazzula. They launchedmobile meetings, formal and informal gatherings at major science meetings. You may have seen them in New Jersey for the National Latina/o Psychological Association Biennial Conference, in San Francisco, CA, for the American Public Health Association Meeting, in Houston, TX, for the National Multicultural Conference and Summit and, most recently, in New York City for the Winter Roundtable Conference at Teachers College, Columbia University. The group also presented formal roundtables and conversation hours throughout the country on leadership, mentorship and the challenges ahead for diverse scholars in academia and advanced research careers. “These gatherings showed us something we already knew - that Latina researchers, scholars and students are doing innovative, groundbreaking and critical work all over the country!” said Dr. Mazzula. The Network aims to bring awareness to their work and inspire the future generation of investigators.


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