Department of Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Professor and Chair Elena Bastida, has been selected as the recipient of the UGS Provost Award for Mentorship of Graduate Students. The mentoring materials submitted for her nomination were of the highest caliber, and her nominators wrote enthusiastic letters of support according to Dean Lakshmi Reddi. The University Graduate School, found that her “mentorship activities demonstrate [her] profound dedication to mentoring FIU’s graduate students.”
The University Graduate School will this award at the Provost Awards Recognition Reception, which will take place during Graduate Student Appreciation Week.
UPDATE: Held on April 10, this year’s recognition reception – part of the annual Graduate Student Appreciation Week – recognized four graduate students and two faculty members with awards ranging from student mentorship and engagement to outstanding creative papers or projects.
Elena Bastida’s holistic approach to mentorship is deeply rooted in her love for teaching – both inside and outside of the classroom. Throughout the department, graduate students seek Bastida for professional and personal guidance. Noting the influx of women entering higher education, Bastida leverages her personal experience to inform and empower her students on anything from starting a family to post-graduate career decisions.
As a mentor, Bastida emphasizes the importance of humility, being approachable and understanding the individual.
“I’m not mentoring you because this is who I want you to be, but given your qualities, this I how I think you’ll reach your full potential,” she says. “That’s important to me.”