2022 Whole Student Mentoring and STEM Resource Workshop

The Whole Student Mentoring and STEM Resource Workshop on Wednesday, May 25, 2022 is open to all interested community college STEM faculty and instructors from Colorado, New Mexico, and Wyoming. This six-hour workshop will introduce the evidence-based concept of intentionally mentoring students in STEM [e.g. Pope, 2002; Huntoon and Lane, 2007; Crisp, 2010], and will include components specifically provided for faculty mentoring of STEM students from underrepresented groups. This workshop will also focus on identifying and providing resources regarding geoscience pathways. These resources include video and animation series, career resources, curricular materials including lesson plans and instructor guides, digital libraries, self-directed learning opportunities, and other available geoscience-focused materials. This workshop builds upon the structure and content developed for intentional mentoring workshops supporting 2YC faculty mentors involved in the UNAVCO – Front Range Community College Geo-Launchpad internship program [Morris and Charlevoix, 2016]. Stipends ($150) will be provided for participants.

2016 Geo-Launchpad faculty mentors visit UNAVCO to sign mentoring agreements with their students and attend a mentoring workshop. (Photo/Aisha Morris, UNAVCO)

Workshop Agenda:

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

9:00 Welcome & Introductions
Workshop goals and participant introductions
Activity: Mentoring vs. advising vs. instruction
Discussion session 1: Past mentoring outcomes; exceptionally successful experiences (strategies for success; areas for improvement); particularly challenging experiences (points of struggle; overcoming those challenges) 
Discussion session 2: The intentional mentor; Reality check on skills, day to day realities of mentoring, practical mentoring matters, phases of mentoring relationships
11:45 Lunch and fresh air break
1:00 Group photo
Discussion session 3: Mentoring STEM students from underrepresented groups 
Activity: Mentor mapping
Discussion session 4: STEM and geosciences – resources available, making geosciences relevant in STEM classes
Working session: Planning for future mentoring activities; Incorporating geoscience resources into the STEM classroom
Workshop evaluation discussion, stipend paperwork, and wrap up
3:00 End of official activities

Field Trip (optional)

On Tuesday, May 24, 2022, the UNAVCO interns along with program staff will attend an all-day field trip to visit different geologic sites along the Front Range of Colorado, led by a local geology expert. A brief agenda is below and will be finalized with more details in the coming weeks. 

Field trip Agenda

  • 9:00 AM Bus departs UNAVCO and/or Bear Creek Apartments
  • Spend day around Morrison, CO + lunch 
  • 4:00 PM Bus departs final stop in Morrison, CO

2021 RESESS, Geo-Launchpad, and USIP interns enjoy a field trip from Red Rocks Amphitheater to North Dinosaur Park led by Lon Abbott (UC Boulder). (Photo/UNAVCO)

How to RSVP

Please RSVP by April 15 to Kelsey Russo-Nixon (russo-nixon@unavco.org) and indicate if you can participate in the workshop only or both the field trip and workshop. We have a modest amount of funding available for travel support, including a two-night hotel stay if attending the field trip and traveling further than 50 miles. Contact Carly Flaagan (Carly.Flaagan@frontrange.edu) for information on travel support. All participants will receive a modest participation stipend. We hope to see you there!

Workshop Leaders

Dr. Donna Charlevoix is the Director of the UNAVCO Education and Community Engagement program of which geo-workforce development is a key part. Dr. Charlevoix leads the 2YC Intentional Mentoring Workshop for faculty each summer. She has over 15 years experience managing students (undergraduate and graduate) and research projects, and ten years managing domestic and international science and education programs including science teacher professional development programs and working with scientists from all disciplines within geosciences.

Patrick Shabram is a geography professor at Front Range Community College, Larimer Campus. In addition to his 20+ years experience teaching at two-year colleges, he has worked with the Geo-Launchpad program since its inception. Professor Shabram has developed a careers and research course focussed on providing students early introduction and careers, and is leading a second NSF grant to increase adoption of research-based, student focused instruction in the classroom.

Kelsey Russo-Nixon is a member of UNAVCO’s Education and Community Engagement team and has worked with 2YC students for over 6 years. She currently manages the Geo-Launchpad internship program, a program that provides community college students an opportunity to gain research-ready skills, sharpen their professional development, and learn about geoscience careers.



  • Date(s): May 24-25, 2022 (optional field trip on May 24)
  • Location: UNAVCO, 6350 Nautilus Drive, Suite B/C, Boulder, CO 80301
  • Deadline: April 15, 2022 (see RSVP instructions below)