This episode features a dynamic discussion about the parallels between caring for plants and caring for young people. Dr. Montgomery urges us all to consider the importance of context as we are providing support for our young people.
At the time that we spoke, we were mourning the violent death of Ahmaud Arbery at the hands of white vigilantes. This episode is released as we all mourn the murder of George Floyd at the hands of the police. Dr. Montgomery's call to change the material conditions we do our work in is urgent.
Beronda L. Montgomery, PhD, is a writer, researcher, and scholar who pursues a common theme of understanding how individuals perceive, respond to, and are impacted by the environments in which they exist. Her primary laboratory-based research is focused on the responses of photosynthetic organisms (i.e., plants and cyanobacteria) to external light cues. Additionally, Beronda pursues this theme in the context of effective mentoring and leadership of individuals, and the role of innovative leaders in supporting success.
You can find Dr. Montgomery's mentoring research and "Lessons from Plants here: http://www.berondamontgomery.com/mentoring-philosophy-thoughts/
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