"The long-term goal is to prepare [underrepresented minorities] to become those critical staff scientists that we need for the future workforce, hopefully here [at ORNL]." Debbie McCoy, RAMS Program Administrator.
"You can get encouragement to hostility depending on what we are saying and who we are talking to," says Helen Wallace. A firm belief in the issues you are campaigning for and the ability to stand your ground are vital skills for lobbyists.
Her past experiences helped her realize the importance of being a scientist and a mentor, and she currently uses her expertise to help manage natural resources and to bring women and minorities, especially Native Americans, into science.
I therefore realize that if you do not have an interdisciplinary mindset and you neglect to make every effort to interact, you are just working "independently" among your "interdisciplinary" colleagues.