MTAWA Annual Meeting, Research Exchange, and Workshop

Friday June 6 – Sunday June 9, 2019

Atlantic Station, Atlanta, Georgia, USA


MTAWA (The Mentoring neTwork of African Women in Academia) is an organization that establishes and builds networks for African women in academia in support of their academic and professional growth and success.  By convening groups of African women professionals, scholars, and students we aim to provide much needed information, mentoring and support. Ultimately, MTAWA’s vision is to increase the number of African women with advanced degrees and improve their representation in key leadership positions across multiple sectors. The theme of this year’s meeting is Challenges and Opportunities for African Women in Academia. The meeting will include breakout discussion sessions, research exchange, and a workshop on negotiation.





Breakout Sessions:

Participants will have opportunities to share their perspectives and discuss different topics that are of interest to the membership and African women in academia in general. Topics include:

  • Mentoring and being mentored
  • Claiming authority in the workplace
  • Early career challenges and opportunities
  • Grant writing and publishing



The annual meeting will include a session on Research Exchange. This session will comprise lightning (5-7 minutes) talks by participants on their areas of research or work and include presenters’ thoughts on opportunities for collaboration. Contributors should submit a title and 100-150 word abstract to by April 21, 2019. Abstracts will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received until all available slots are filled. Notification of acceptance will sent on a rolling basis up to April 28, 2019 for accepted abstracts. Presenters must register by May 5, 2019 to be included in the program. Distant Abstracts may be submitted by contributors from outside the US. These (distant) presentations will be in the form of videos prepared and submitted by the author(s) following acceptance of the abstracts.



The main goal of the workshop is to help participants develop negotiation skills. Additionally, information exchange will help participants to understand barriers and opportunities students encounter in networking with scholars, professionals and peers.

Issues addressed will include:

  • Identifying negotiables
  • Elements of a successful negotiation
  • Developing alternatives to an agreement
  • Handling difficult people and conversations
  • Listening to and appreciating different viewpoints
  • Developing long and short-term negotiating goals


Target audience:

The meeting is open to all members of MTAWA and others who could be members of MTAWA including: African women with terminal degrees or equivalent qualifications in their profession; persons who through employment, professional attainments, education, or experience are interested in the advancement and success of African women; and, African women already enrolled in or seeking to enroll in graduate or professional programs.

Program Details:

MTAWA Workshop Flyer 2019

MTAWA Annual Meeting Program Agenda_Rev


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Workshop Reports and Presentations

Workshop Report: Workshop Report.

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Goals of the workshop

The goals of the workshop were to:

  • provide students interested in post-graduate careers with the information and tools they need to apply for, and be successful in, post-graduate programs;
  • equip participants with skills aimed at enhancing their professional development;
  • offer students opportunities for networking with scholars, professionals and peers.

Target audience

Women Bachelor’s and Master’s graduates interested in pursuing graduate degrees in STEM fields where women are traditionally underrepresented.