Effective communication is fundamental to graduate student peer mentoring. During this Conversation Café, facilitators and attendees will examine recent research on the impact of graduate student peer mentoring, and discuss, role model, and develop best practices for enhancing conversational and listening skills in the context of these relationships.



Diane L. Lorenzetti

Diane Lorenzetti is an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary’s Cumming School of Medicine. Her research interests focus on mentorship as a means of furthering personal and professional development. She has explored the impact of mentoring on risky behaviours in youth, ongoing professional development, and graduate student learning.


Liza Lorenzetti

Liza Lorenzetti is an assistant professor at the University of Calgary’s Faculty of Social Work, on traditional Blackfoot land and Treaty 7 Territory. Her interest in social change is grounded by thirty years of practice and activism on interconnected social issues such as gender-based violence, poverty elimination, peace-building, and anti-racism.


Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci

Elizabeth Oddone Paolucci is Associate Professor and Graduate Program Director, in the Departments of Community Health Sciences and Surgery. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary and focused on: curriculum planning and evaluation for graduate and resident education; and hierarchy, teamwork, and clinical decision-making, as it relates to patient safety and medical errors.


Michele Jacobsen

Michele Jacobsen is Professor and Associate Dean, Graduate Programs, Werklund School of Education. Michele’s current research includes the design of participatory learning environments that sponsor knowledge building and intellectual engagement, interdisciplinary approaches to peer mentoring for strong transitions to graduate school, and complex adaptive learning systems in high schools.


Lorelli Nowell

Lorelli Nowell is a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Nursing, where she has been teaching since 2001. Lorelli’s mixed methods doctoral research focuses on mentorship in nursing academia using an integrated knowledge translation approach.


Tracey L. Clancy

Tracey Clancy is a tenured track instructor and Director of Nursing Instructor Development in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary. Her master’s research focused on the phenomenon of uncertainty as an embodied space of transformation for defining clinical teaching practice.


Georgina Freeman

Georgina (Gina) Freeman is a Research Associate at W21C, an O’Brien Institute for Public Health research/innovation initiative. She specializes in mixed methods research, and has a background in Biomedical Ethics. Her research interests focus on the role of technology and environmental design in empowering people and improve health.