Advancing Faculty Mentoring Practices Workshop Information

Workshop Facilitators

DIANA AZURDIA, PH.D. –  University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Diana Azurdia serves as the Associate Director for Recruitment and Inclusion for Graduate Programs in Bioscience (a consortium of 11 PhD programs with over 800 students and faculty) at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this role, Dr. Azurdia leads the development and implementation of a strategic plan to enhance diversity in the biomedical graduate student population. Additionally, Dr. Azurdia uses her platform as a National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) Master Facilitator to promote inclusive mentoring practices at her home institution where she is the Director of the UCLA Entering Mentoring Training Program. The training is offered twice a year as a ten-week course and is open to graduate students, postdocs, and faculty in all science disciplines; the program has trained approximately 200 mentors. In addition, Dr. Azurdia delivers a faculty day- long mentor training annually. She believes conversations with mentees are just as important thus she delivers a number of workshops annually on how to “Choose the Right Mentor” and "Foster the Mentoring Relationship" to both undergraduate and graduate student audiences.

Dr. Azurdia currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Formerly, she served as the Assistant Director to the Undergraduate Research Center Sciences at UCLA, where she directed several programs that broaden participation in science.  She earned her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Biochemistry from UCLA and graduated with a B.S. in Biochemistry from CSU Los Angeles. Dr. Azurdia is a first-generation Guatemalan-American and the first in her family to attend college.



BETH A. LAZAZZERA, PH.D.  University of California, Los Angeles

Beth Lazazzera is an Associate Professor in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Molecular Genetics at the University of California, Los Angeles. In this role, Dr. Lazazzera has trained two postdoctoral researchers, eight graduate students, and over 45 undergraduate researchers.  She has been actively involved in helping other researchers improve mentoring skills through the Entering Mentoring Curriculum and is a member of the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN).  She has delivered the Entering Mentoring curriculum from 2014-2016 at the general meeting of American Society for Microbiology to an international audience.  Within the University of California, she has delivered a faculty day- long mentor training annually curriculum at UCSC and UCLA since 2016.

Dr. Lazazzera currently serves as Vice Chair of Undergraduate Studies for her department and is as the faculty director of the Amgen Scholars Program.  Dr. Lazazzera earned her B.S. in Microbiology at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and her Ph.D. in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Her laboratory studies bacterial behavior, including bacterial biofilm formation, and cellular pathways that affect bacterial behavior.   




Registration and materials are supported by the Graduate Programs in Bioscience at UCLA.

Participants are responsible for travel, lodging, and any meals not provided during the workshop.



Day 1: David Geffen School of Medicine, 10833 Le Conte Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Room: Geffen Hall Learning Studio, Room B36

Day 2: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Room: TBA


Visitor Parking on campus is available on a first-come, first-served basis we recommend parking Lot 2 in pay by spaces on 1st and 2nd floor.

All day parking for campus and medical center areas cost $12/Day

Accessible Parking for Individuals with Disabilities cost $8/Day