Our Inclusive Path Forward: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education

Our Inclusive Path Forward: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education

To better understand changes that need to be made to STEM learning environments, The Ohio State University is launching a new seminar series, Our Inclusive Path Forward: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education.  

The six-part series features lectures by national leaders in recruiting, retaining and graduating a diverse population of STEM students in science, technology, engineering, math and medicine. The goal is to provide opportunities for faculty, staff and students to learn about best practices and ultimately make Ohio State’s STEM programs more equitable and inclusive. While some events have a disciplinary focus, all attendees will benefit from the perspectives and practices shared. 

The series kicks off March 3 and wraps up April 14. All events are free and open to the public. 

That None Shall Perish

March 10 | 6 p.m.

Kelly M. Mack, Vice President, Undergraduate STEM Education; and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope Association of American Colleges and Universities


Houston, We Have a Problem: Why Diversity Matters in STEM, and How it Promotes Collaborative Learning

March 24 | 6 p.m.

Stephanie G. Adams, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas 


African Americans' Attitudes Toward STEM: Implications for Educational and Occupational Decision Making

March 31 | 6 p.m.

Jerlando F.L. Jackson, Vilas Distinguished University Professor, Department Chair, Education Leadership and Policy Analysis and Director of  Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Leveraging an Interdisciplinary Multi-Institutional Faculty Learning Community to Advance Equity and Inclusion for Science and Mathematics Education

April 7 | 6 p.m.

Jordon Gerton, Director of the Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative, Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and Associate Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah


Inclusive Science: Dimensions for Attracting and Retaining More Diverse Students in Science Training

April 14 | 6 p.m.

Sylvia Hurtado, Professor, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA 


A picture portrait of Norman Fortenberry on a gray block O patterned backdrop

March 3 | 6 p.m.

Norman Fortenberry, Executive Director of American Society for Engineering Education. Featuring an introduction by Grace Wang, Executive Vice President for Research, Innovation and Knowledge Enterprise at Ohio State. Q&A moderated by Lisa A. Barclay, Senior Director, Diversity, Outreach & Inclusion Programs and Interim Assistant Dean and Chief Diversity Officer, College of Engineering at Ohio State.

A recording of this session will be available soon.


This picture has a buckeye leaf in the middle, and the block O of Ohio State in the bottom right corner. It lists the event sponsors for the Inequity in STEM series as: College of Arts and Sciences College of Education and College of Engineering Human Ecology College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences  Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning Office of Diversity and Inclusion Office of Student Academic Success Ohio State’s regional campuses


Speaker Biographies

Norman Fortenberry has dedicated his career to advancing education and promoting diversity in engineering. He is executive director of the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), a nonprofit that aims to promote and increase access to education in engineering. Prior to his role at ASEE, he was founding director of the National Academy of Engineering’s Center for the Advancement of Scholarship on Engineering Education. He also held various administrative roles at the National Science Foundation and was executive director of the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science. Fortenberry earned his SM and ScD in mechanical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Kelly M. Mack champions expanding participation in higher education STEM fields. At the Association of American Colleges and Universities, she serves as vice president of undergraduate STEM education and executive director of Project Kaleidoscope, an initiative that aims to train and educate STEM undergraduate students and foster quality, diversity and social responsibility. She was also senior program director for the National Science Foundation ADVANCE Program and a professor of biology at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mack earned a PhD in physiology from Howard University.

Stephanie G. Adams is the dean of the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research interests include faculty and graduate student development, international collaborations, team effectiveness and quality control. She is a leader in the advancement and inclusion of all in STEM education. Adams is the past president of the American Society of Engineering Education, and she has received the 2017 WEPAN Founder’s Award and the 2016 ASEE Bernard R. Sarchet Lifetime Achievement Award, among other accolades. In 2003, she received the CAREER award from the Engineering Education and Centers Division of the National Science Foundation, and in 2005, she was selected as an AAAS/NSF Science and Engineering Policy Fellow.

Jerlando F. L. Jackson is the Vilas Distinguished Professor of Higher Education, Department Chair of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, and founding director and chief research scientist of Wisconsin’s Equity and Inclusion Laboratory (Wei LAB) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Jackson’s research focuses on organizational disparities, and he has authored or edited six books. He has served as the founding executive director of the Center for African American Research and Policy and the co-founder of the International Colloquium on Black Males in Education.

An associate professor of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah, Jordan Gerton also serves as the director of Utah’s Center for Science and Mathematics Education and the director of the Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative. Now in his 17th year in Salt Lake City, Gerton runs an experimental optics research group that develops ultra high-resolution imaging and spectroscopy techniques. He also works to reform individual courses in science education, develop instructional support programs and build interdisciplinary science education research clusters. Gerton earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in physics from Rice University.

A professor of education at the University of California, Los Angeles, Sylvia Hurtado has been a keynote speaker on education at conferences around the world. Focused on intergroup relations, communicating across differences and the fundamentals of U.S. higher education, Hurtado studies campus climate, organizational change and STEM workforce diversification. Hurtado obtained her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Princeton University, her master’s degree in administration, planning and social policy from Harvard and a PhD in education from UCLA. Before returning to UCLA as a professor, she also taught at the University of Michigan.