Become a Community Mentor

The Community Mentorship Training program is a year-long, collaborative training for Scholars in our KL2 program that connects them with mentors from communities directly affected by their research. It incorporates community partners’ insight and feedback into the design of clinical and translational research, while enhancing the Scholar’s understanding and experience of conducting research with people and communities.

The program consists of four online modules covering community mentorship and translational research and a two-hour in-person workshop. Mentors and mentees will meet three more times after the kickoff event, at the location of the community mentor. 

Upon completion of this pilot with KL2 Scholars, similar training opportunities for an expanded group of CTSI Scholars at more advanced levels, including TRACT TL1 Scholars, will be available. Programs similar to the KL2 across the CTSA Consortium will have access to the results and materials of the Community Mentorship Training program.

Application details

Community partners interested in becoming mentors can contact

Program leadership

Sheila Riggs, DDS, MS, DMSc, Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Primary Dental Care
Principal Investigator of the Community Mentorship Training program

Rosemary Burns Velez, Community Mentorship Training program project coordinator

Contact us

To become a community mentor:

To learn more about community-engaged research: