Mentoring. Persistence. Inclusion.


Becky Wai-Ling Packard is Professor of Psychology and Education at Mount Holyoke College.

Packard is an expert on mentoring, persistence, and inclusive practices, where she focuses on the experiences of first-generation college students, students of color, low-income students, and community college transfer students, women in technical fields. She has particular expertise in STEM fields of work and higher education transitions. A multi-racial, first-generation college graduate, Packard has earned research grants from the National Science Foundation, recently completed a Whiting Fellowship in Ireland focused on policy change, and as a co-PI, completed a Google-funded initiative on inclusive peer mentoring in computer science.

She is the winner of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor awarded by the federal government. She works with individuals (e.g., faculty, staff, advisors, mentors, department chairs, and supervisors) to improve the power of mentoring and improve departmental climate, including ways to constructively engage in difficult conversations. She thinks with organizations about strategies to strengthen the mentoring infrastructure and climate to order to foster thriving of a diverse student body and workforce. During Spring 2018, she served as a Chancellor’s Leadership Fellow in Residence at UMass Amherst, and during the 2018-2019 year, she served as a Faculty Fellow at the University of Michigan. She has visited over 60 campuses to work on these topics.

Recent Campus Visits:

MIT, Marion Technical, Ohio Wesleyan, State of CT Teaching and Learning, UC-Santa Barbara, Univ of Hawaii-Manoa, Univ of Miami, Emory, Georgetown, AAC&U High Impact Practice Institute, USC, Lilly Teaching Conference in Austin, TX

[download Packard cv May 15 2019 here]