Etta Ward has led research and faculty development operations in the IUPUI Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research for over 19 years. As the Assistant Vice Chancellor for Research Development, her primary role is to advance the IUPUI research mission through faculty research and professional development. In addition, she promotes effective mentoring as a strategy for personal and professional success, which has been central to many efforts and grown well beyond the boundaries of academia. As a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) certified facilitator for mentor training, Ward has built a body of work around effective mentorship—especially, targeting underrepresented populations. She promotes competency-based and culturally responsive mentoring strategies that bolster inclusive mentoring cultures. She is also committed to helping leaders enter and maintain conversations on race through facilitated dialogues that lead to action.
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