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 launched a new seminar series, Our Inclusive Path Forward: Addressing Inequities in STEM Education.  

The 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 ran from March 3 to April 14, 2021. 

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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.

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.

A recording of this event is not available.

March 10 | 6 p.m.

Kelly M. Mack, Vice President, Undergraduate STEM Education; and Executive Director, Project Kaleidoscope Association of American Colleges and Universities. Featuring an introduction by Kay Halasek, Director of the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning at Ohio State. Q&A moderated by Jonathan Baker, Associate Director of Instructional Advancement at the Michael V. Drake Institute for Teaching and Learning at Ohio State. 

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.

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March 24 | 6 p.m.

Stephanie G. Adams, Dean, College of Engineering and Computer Science, The University of Texas at Dallas. Featuring an introduction by Ayanna Howard, Dean of the College of Engineering at Ohio State. Q&A moderated by Monica Cox, Professor and Chair of Engineering Education at Ohio State. 

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.

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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. Featuring an introduction by James Moore III, Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer at Ohio State. Q&A moderated by Dorinda Gallant, Associate Professor, Department of Educational Studies at Ohio State. 

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.

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April 7 | 6 p.m.

Jordan Gerton, Co-Director of the Utah Pathways to STEM Initiative, Director of the Center for Science and Mathematics Education and Professor, Physics and Astronomy, University of Utah. Featuring an introduction Elizabeth Newton, Executive Director of Ohio State’s Battelle Center for Science, Engineering, and Public Policy. Q&A moderated by Karen Goodell, Professor, Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology, at Ohio State Newark.

A 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 co-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.

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April 14 | 6 p.m.

Sylvia Hurtado, Professor, Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA. Featuring an introduction by Ohio State Provost Bruce McPheron. Q&A moderated by Don Pope-Davis, Dean of the College of Education and Human Ecology at Ohio State.

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.