Facilitator Guide Mock-Up

The LTW program is composed of several linear episodes that depict various issues within the research field. Using our Facilitator Guide, you can choose from our content tags to see activities and related clips from our film.

Content Tags

Facilitator Package Options:

  1. Watching the whole module film in one sitting
  2.  Watching specific module scenes and conduct a conversation about the issues 
  3. Going over the main ideas of each act as a whole

These tags look at ways to create a culture of excellence in your lab environment. 

  • Rigor
  • Reproducibility
  • Meaningful Inclusion
    • Microaggressions
  • Integrity

These tags look at things that help or hinder people from having effective communication.

  • Conflict
  • Personal Scripts
    • Value Based Personal Scripts
    • Influence and Persuasion

These tags look at how relationships we have can influence our experiences in the lab environment.

  • Meaningful Inclusion
    • Microaggressions
  • Lab Safety
  • Lab Group Culture/ Health
  • Data Management
  • Lab Manual
  • Personal Articulation
  • Personal Scripts
    • Expressing Personal Values
  • Values and Connection to Goals
  • Concept of Leadership
  • Being a Leader
  • Influence
  • Problem Solving
  • Personal Scrips
  • DMF
  • Lab Manual
  • iREDS
  • How to be a Mentor
  • In the Lab
  • In the Department

Support for Lab Leaders and Discussion Facilitators

When leading the HHMI program, you may encounter topics that require a more sensitive approach. You can access our Facilitator’s Guide to Facilitating to find out how you can have the most effective conversation with your participants

Below is our extensive episode list. Explore each option to see the activities and resources linked to them. 

  • 1.1A tale of two labs
    • Discussing what makes an environment a culture of excellence
    • Using your experiences to explore what does and does not work for you and your group
  • 1.2In transit
    • Looking at your motivations for being a scientist
    • Understanding your values and how they shape your choices
  • 1.3Identify TRAGEDIES in yourself and others
    • Understanding how you can avoid common career pitfalls
    • Knowing how to minimize career TRAGEDIES
  • 1.4Sorenson Lab
    • reflecting on how your roles as a leader affect others in a group setting
  • 1.5Passing the Torch
    • Using a structured decision making process, and developing personal scripts for when you do not know how to respond to something in the moment
  • 1.6: Everything is Fine
    • Practicing active listening to make interactions more constructive for problem solving
  • 1.7: Where to Begin
    • Discussing confusion about specific protocols in your lab
    • Creating effective protocols to ensure everyone follows them
  • 2.1: Teamwork
    • Understanding how to make everyone in your lab feel valued
  • 2.2: Jayna’s Increasing Burden
    • Understanding how to offer constructive and effective feedback between mentors and mentees
  • 2.3: Poster Session Debrief
    • Learning how to validate others to make them feel more comfortable trying to problem solve. 
  • 2.4: Questions, Questions, and More Questions
    • Developing scripts for productive conversations to be on the same page and get the most out of your mentoring compact
  • 2.5: A Sympathetic Ear
    • Apply personal scripts to support colleagues or friends in need
    • Use active listening to make someone feel validated
  • 2.6 Another Day, Another Indignity
    • Practice upstander/bystander skills in different scenarios. 
  • 2.7: Harold Pushed to the Limit
    • Identify ways to take care of your physical and mental health and the physical and mental health of people in your lab. 
  • 2.8: Talking it Out
    • Identify data management protocols that reinforce rigor, reproducibility, inclusion, and integrity
  • 2.9: Loretta Weighs In
    • Learning how to have a  productive discussion about your needs
  • 2.10: Meena Talks to Heideberg
    • Apply personal scripts to mental health issues
  • 2.11: More Bad News
    • Apply personal scripts to asking good questions in the moment
  • 2.12: The Worst News
    • Identify ways to take care of your physical and mental health and the physical and mental health of people in your lab.
  • 3.1: Heideberg Responds to Tragedy
    • Reflecting on necessary changes, and needed supports for /approaches to those changes
  • 3.2: Sorenson Makes Plans
    • Identify data management protocols that reinforce rigor, reproducibility, inclusion, and integrity
  • 3.3 Resolving the Issue
    • Apply personal scripts to issues with data
  • 3.4: Through the Impasse
    • Apply successful group  collaboration skills to your lab manual 
  • 3.5: A New Direction
    • Design a mentoring compact and how you will apply it to  mentoring people in your lab.
  • 3.6: Jules and Ana Sofia Get Coffee
    • Creating a lab manual section on data management
  • 3.7: Jayna’s Future
    • Using the skills we learned about cultures of excellence to form a lab manual

Below is a breakdown of each act in our program, and the main topics which are discussed.

  • Act 1
    • Core values
    • Decision making framework
    • Active listening & asking questions
    • Lab Manual
  • Act 2
    • Bias and Power
    • Being a bystander or upstander
    • Taking care of your mental health and that of others
    • Lab Manual
  • Act 3
    • Mentoring
    • Collaboration
    • Lab Manuals

Access our collection of various lesson plans which target specific issues which may arise in the lab environment.

  1. Cultures of Excellence
    • Facilitators and participants will walk through what it means to define a culture of excellence. Participants will use their skills to articulate values and connect them to their career.

  2. Incivility
    • Participants and facilitators will build on the concept of cultures of excellence, and discuss how to set up expectations for civility and group values. 
    • Participants and facilitators will also be able to identify their boundaries around incivility and how to be a good upstander. 
  3. Gender Harassment/ Bias
    • Participants and facilitators will develop an awareness of harassment and bias.
    • They will be able to identify microaggressions in the academic environment and how to maintain an inclusive and diverse community.
  4. Racial Awareness/ Microaggressions
    • Participants and facilitators will be able to identify microaggressions or racial discrimination in their work environment.
    • They will learn how to confront these issues and maintain workplace civility.
  5. Mental Health
    • Participants and facilitators will be able to identify elements in an environment that make it safe to discuss/display emotions and mental health concerns.
    • They will understand how to set up expectations around mental health and guide members to the appropriate resources.

Labs That Work For Everyone is a collaboration between the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and the National Center for Principled Leadership & Research Ethics at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.