Western unveils new mentorship program


Western University has unveiled a new mentorship program—the Western Research Scholars Academy—that pairs researchers with top leaders in the field to support their professional development. The academy aims to provide a welcoming space for networking and skills development. The core objectives of the program include building interdisciplinary and international connections and deepening equity, diversity, inclusion, and decolonization in research. “We know academia can be quite isolating,” said Scholars Academy program coordinator Samantha Albanese. “This program is in response to feedback from researchers showing they needed help in expanding their communities and reaching the next stage of their academic careers.”