Tasha R. Inniss (Planning Committee Chair) is the associate provost for research at Spelman College, a historically Black liberal arts college for women of African descent. In this role, she serves as the chief advocate for research at the college and leads the Office of Research, Innovation, and Collaboration. Inniss provides leadership and strategic direction for all activities related to individual or interdisciplinary research, creative pursuits, collaborative partnerships, and programmatic initiatives for undergraduate research. Inniss also holds a tenured faculty appointment in the Department of Mathematics. Previously she was the inaugural director of education and industry outreach at INFORMS, the world’s largest professional society for professionals in the fields of operations research, management science, and analytics. Inniss also did a rotation at the National Science Foundation in the Directorate of Education and Human Resources, where she served as the acting deputy division director of the Division of Human Resource Development. Before that, she was the co-lead of the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program. Originally from New Orleans, Inniss graduated summa cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with a BS in mathematics. She earned an MS degree in applied mathematics from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Maryland, College Park. She was one of the first three African American women to earn a doctoral degree in the mathematical sciences from the University of Maryland. She is a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce.
Dawn Alston (Speaker) is chief financial officer and vice president for business and financial affairs at Spelman College. She presides over the Division of Business and Financial Affairs and oversees Facilities Management and Services, the Office of Human Resources, and the Office of the Controller, as well as being involved in oversight of Public Safety and Dining Services within the Division of Student Affairs. Before joining Spelman, Alston served as a compliance officer at the Department of Defense and was an adjunct biology instructor at Wofford College and Tri-County Technical College. Alston holds master’s degrees from Clemson University and Louisiana State University.
Adrean Askerneese (Speaker) is a counselor at MiraCosta College. He operates from a learner-centered framework, and it is his goal to collaboratively support the career, academic, and personal goals of students by listening, being culturally responsive, and building a meaningful relationships with a holistic focus. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Point Loma Nazarene University, a master’s degree in counseling from San Diego State University, a master’s degree in marriage and family therapy from the University of Southern California (USC), and a doctorate in educational leadership with an emphasis in K–12 and higher education from USC.
Sarah Bergfeld (Speaker) is the national director of eTutoringOnline.org and the coordinator of the Western eTutoring Consortium. She rose from within the ranks of eTutoring back when it first came to the West Coast in 2005. Bergfeld began as a writing tutor and then became a quality assurance coordinator before moving into the western consortium coordinator position. During her tenure, Bergfeld earned a PhD in American studies from Washington State University.
Maxwell Bigman (Speaker) is a PhD student at the Stanford Graduate School of Education where his research focuses on innovative and equitable practices in computer science education. Prior to beginning his doctoral studies, he taught high school computer science in Los Angeles. His past work has focused on blended and personalized approaches to learning. His current research is on pedagogical strategies, course structures, and learning tools for creating collaborative communities for learners and teachers in remote settings. Bigman holds an MEd from Harvard and a BA from Wesleyan University’s College of Social Studies.
Sherilynn Black (Speaker) is the associate vice provost for faculty advancement at Duke University and also an assistant professor of the practice of medical education. She conducts social neuroscience research on the effectiveness of interventions designed to promote diversity in academia. Black holds several national appointments relating to faculty development and advancement with the National Institutes of Health, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the American Associations of Medical Colleges, the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, and the Society for Neuroscience. She has won a number of distinctions for her research and service, including the Samuel Debois Cook Society Award and the Dean’s Award for Inclusive Excellence in Graduate Education. Black holds a PhD in neurobiology from Duke University and earned her BS in psychology and biology with highest honors at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as a Morehead-Cain scholar.
Kamau Bobb (Speaker) is the global lead for diversity strategy and research at Google and the founding senior director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. His scholarship focuses on the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) enterprise, large educational systems, and the structural conditions that influence contemporary American life. He has previously served as a program officer at the National Science Foundation, worked with members of the Obama administration’s Office of Science and Technology Policy to set the national strategy for STEM education, and served as a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper STEM + Entrepreneurship Taskforce to help U.S. cities craft strategies to engage young men and boys of color in the STEM landscape. Prior to his federal appointment, Bobb was the director of the University System of Georgia STEM Initiative, a collaborative effort with the governor’s office to improve STEM education across 30 public institutions serving approximately 325,000 students in the state. Bobb holds a PhD in science and technology policy from Georgia Tech, as well as MS and BS degrees in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley.
Cynthia Brame (Speaker) is associate director at the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching and a principal senior lecturer in the Department of Biological Sciences, where she teaches biochemistry. Informed by her own transition from bench-focused scientist to science educator, Brame focuses her work at Vanderbilt on helping science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics faculty identify, adopt, and develop evidence-based teaching practices that are good fits for their context and needs. She is the author of Science Teaching Essentials: Short Guides to Good Practice, and serves as co-editor of the CBE—Life Sciences Education Evidence-Based Teaching Guides. Brame holds a PhD in pharmacology from Vanderbilt University and a BS in biochemistry and molecular biology from Centre College.
Viveka Brown (Speaker) is an associate professor in the Mathematics Department at Spelman College. Brown’s research area is mathematics education with a special concentration in various equity issues relating to math. In particular, she explores issues pertaining to Black girls and women in math. Recently, her research has explored the lived experiences of Black women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Brown has been teaching and tutoring math since 2000. She holds a PhD in mathematics education from Columbia University, Teachers College and MA and BA degrees in mathematics from Wayne State University.
Alfred Bryant, Jr. (Planning Committee Member) is an enrolled member of the Indigenous Lumbee Tribe and the dean of the School of Education at Campbell University. He previously served as the dean of the School of Education, the director of the Southeast American Indian Studies Program, and full professor in the Educational Leadership and Counseling Department at the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Pembroke. Bryant has published numerous articles on American Indian racial identity attitudes and cultural orientation, Native American suicide ideation, school bullying, parental beliefs about children’s emotions, health differences among Lumbee Indians using different sources of care, and the impact of acculturation and psychosocial variables on academic performance of Native Americans, Native American student success, and psychosocial development. He is a past recipient of the UNC at Pembroke’s School of Education Distinguished Faculty Award. During his 29 years of service to the state of North Carolina, he worked three years as a high school counselor, two years as an academic advisor at UNC at Pembroke’s Freshman Seminar Program, four years as an academic advisor in North Carolina State University’s First-Year College and the last 19 years as a professor, program director, department chair, associate dean, dean, and director of the Southeast American Indian Studies Program at the UNC at Pembroke. He received his BA in English language and literature from UNC at Pembroke and both his master’s (1992) and PhD (1998) in counselor education from North Carolina State University. Bryant is a licensed clinical mental health counselor.
Sheryl Burgstahler (Speaker) founded and directs the DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center and the Access Technology Center (ATC). Burgstahler is also an affiliate professor in the College of Education at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her teaching and research focus on the successful transition of students with disabilities to college and the working world, as well as on the application of universal design to technology, learning activities, physical spaces, and student services. Her current project affiliations include the Alliance for Students with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM), the Alliance for Access to Computing Careers (AccessComputing), AccessCS10K: Including Students with Disabilities in Computing Education for the Twenty-First Century, and the Center for Universal Design in Education. Burgstahler has degrees in mathematics, education, and the administration of higher education.
Laureen Campana (Speaker) has been the nurse practitioner coordinator for the Columbia College Student Health Services Program in California for the past twenty years. She is a past president of Health Services Association, California Community Colleges (HSACCC) and has served on the organization’s board for six years. She is a board-certified advanced-practice holistic nurse and has advocated for student health by providing testimony to the California State legislature. Campana has a BSN from California State University, Sacramento, an MPH from the University of California, Berkeley and completed a 2-year fellowship in integrative medicine at the University of Arizona.
Mark Canada (Speaker) is executive vice chancellor for academic affairs and professor of English at Indiana University (IU) Kokomo. He leads the KEY (Kokomo Experience and You), an experiential-learning initiative that provides all IU Kokomo students with opportunities to learn through internships, retreats, research, community projects, and educational trips to businesses, museums, and natural and historic settings across the country. A professor of American literature, he spent many years in the classroom at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke, where he was a recipient of the University of North Carolina Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching. He holds a PhD and a master’s in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Camden Cutright (Speaker) is a PhD candidate in chemical engineering at North Carolina State University. His research focuses on polymer science and interfacial chemistry. Cutright’s research experience began during his undergraduate tenure at Vanderbilt where he won an undergraduate researcher of the year award in 2016. He holds a BE in chemical and bimolecular engineering from Vanderbilt University.
Laura Demarse (Speaker) is assistant dean for professional development and external relations at North Carolina State University. She is a principal investigator on an Innovations In Graduate Education (IGE) award from the National Science Foundation that supports training for other institutions on the Accelerate to Industry program. Previously, she served as an assistant dean for graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the graduate school at the University of Utah where she created the first-ever Postdoc Association, Dissertation Institute, and Industry Spotlight Series. As assistant dean for professional and career development at North Carolina Central University, she chaired the professional development department, where she created a new curriculum to provide students with enhanced career readiness and employment skills. Demarse holds a doctorate in higher and adult education from the University of Memphis and a master’s in counseling psychology from Fordham University. She holds certification as both a master career counselor and a nationally certified counselor.
Luis Dominguez (Speaker) is an undergraduate computer science student at the University of Houston Downtown (UHD). He has interned as a software engineer at Verizon and is a member of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) Club at UHD. He currently serves as the vice president of the UHD Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Student Chapter, one of the largest student organizations at UHD.
Megan Eberhardt-Alstot (Speaker) is the learning design lead for faculty and innovation at California State University, Channel Islands (CSUCI). She is also a lecturer in the School of
Education. Eberhardt-Alstot oversees faculty development specific to online teaching through programs such as the Online Teaching Preparation Program (OTPP), Online and Blended Course Review, and most recently CSUCI’s T.H.R.I.V.E. (Teaching & Technology; High-Touch & Human Centered; Revised & Reenergized; Interaction & Impact; Vulnerability & Variability; Equity, Empathy, & Engagement) Online Teaching and Learning Program. Eberhardt-Alstot also co-created Learning Online 101, an online course to help students prepare for success in online learning environments. Prior to joining CSUCI, Eberhardt-Alstot spent ten years as a K–12 educator. She earned her master's in educational leadership from CSUCI.
Tam’ra-Kay Francis (Speaker) is a science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) educator dedicated to developing strategies for reducing barriers and increasing student attainment of STEM certificates and degrees. Her current work focuses on future faculty professional development and an examination of active-learning chemical demonstrations and scientific argumentation in general chemistry curriculum. Recently, Francis launched PR2ISM, an interdisciplinary professional development program that explores equity-minded teaching and research practices within STEM fields. She is the past Diversity Lead of the STEM Special Interest Group and a founding member of the People of Color Affinity Group within the POD (Professional Organizational Development) Network in Higher Education. Francis holds a PhD in science education from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, as well as master’s and bachelor’s degrees in chemistry from Fisk University.
Antoine M. Garibaldi (Speaker) is president of the University of Detroit Mercy. Formerly, he served as president of Gannon University; first provost and chief academic officer of Howard University; and (successively) as professor and chairman of education, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, and vice president for academic affairs at Xavier University of Louisiana. While at these institutions, he also served as principal investigator and received grants from the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health. Garibaldi is the author of 11 books and more than 90 research articles and chapters, and is a fellow of both the American Educational Research Association and the American Psychological Association. Garibaldi received his BA from Howard University and his PhD in educational psychology from the University of Minnesota.
Corey Garza (Speaker) is a professor of marine science at California State University, Monterey Bay. His research interests are in the area of marine landscape ecology. Garza serves as the co-principal investigator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Center for Coastal and Marine Ecosystems and directs the Monterey Bay Regional Ocean Science Research Experiences for Undergraduates program funded by the National Science Foundation. Garza is also active in educational outreach, particularly in advancing the participation of underrepresented groups in science. Garza currently serves on the national board of directors of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science and the Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee for the American Geophysical Union. He holds a PhD in ecology, evolution, and marine biology from University of California, Santa Barbara and a BSc in biology from California State University, Los Angeles.
Clay Gloster, Jr. (Speaker) is the vice provost for graduate research and dean of the graduate college at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (A&T) State University. His current
research grants focus on high-performance, reconfigurable computing and efforts to broaden the participation of minorities in science, engineering, and engineering technology. He leads the Verizon Innovative Learning project at North Carolina A&T State University, which has impacted more than 1,100 minority middle-school boys. He also serves as the chair of the Engineering Technology Division of the American Society for Engineering Education. Gloster holds two U.S. patents. He received BS and MS degrees in electrical engineering from North Carolina A&T State University and a PhD in computer engineering from North Carolina State University.
Paul M. Goldbart (Speaker) is professor of physics at the University of Texas at Austin, where he serves as dean of the College of Natural Sciences. His research is primarily on the physics of condensed matter. Goldbart has taught at all collegiate levels and guided numerous doctoral and postdoctoral researchers. He is an advocate for public engagement in science and mathematics, and has served as honorary chair of the Atlanta Science Festival. Goldbart has been elected to fellowships in the American Physical Society, the U.K.’s Institute of Physics, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and he was named a National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator. He received his education at Cambridge University, the University of California, Los Angeles, and Imperial College, London.
Sara Goldrick-Rab (Speaker) is professor of sociology and medicine at Temple University and the founding director of the Hope Center for College, Community, and Justice in Philadelphia. She is also the chief strategy officer for emergency aid at Edquity, a student financial success and emergency aid company, and the founder of Believe in Students, a nonprofit focused on distributing emergency aid. She is the recipient of the William T. Grant Foundation’s Faculty Scholars Award, the American Educational Research Association’s Early Career Award, and the Carnegie Fellowship. Her latest book, Paying the Price: College Costs, Financial Aid, and the Betrayal of the American Dream, won the 2018 Grawemeyer Award and was featured on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. Goldrick-Rab holds an MA and a PhD in sociology from the University of Pennsylvania, and a BA in sociology from George Washington University.
Lev Gonick (Speaker) is the chief information officer at Arizona State University (ASU) where he leads the ASU University Technology Office that provides technology services to all students, faculty, and staff. He is also the cofounder of DigitalC (previously OneCommunity), an award-winning nonprofit organization enabling and celebrating innovation, collaboration, and productivity through next-generation broadband networks, big open-data solutions, and the Internet of things for public benefit. From 2001 to 2013, Gonick was Chief Information Officer at Case Western Reserve University. He and his colleagues were internationally recognized for technology innovations in community engagement, learning spaces, next-generation network projects, and organizational development. Gonick holds a PhD in international public economy from York University, an MA in world politics from Binghamton University, and a BA in philosophy, political science, and religion from Ohio State University.
Francisco (Frank) Guido-Sanz (Speaker) is a nurse practitioner intensivist in a surgical intensive care unit. He has served as a nurse practitioner under the National Disaster Medical System as an active member of the Trauma Critical Care Team for the last 15 years. He teaches and conducts research as an assistant professor at the University of Central Florida’s College of
Nursing. His area of research is in innovation and technology, particularly in the use of simulation to train advanced-practice registered nurses in critical care and improve outcomes in acute and critical care, trauma, disaster health (including mass casualties), and combat casualty scenarios. Guido-Sanz is a founding member of the Consortium Steering Committee of Simulation in Nurse Practitioner Education Consortium at the George Washington University School of Nursing, and he co-chairs the National Organization of Nurse Practitioner Faculties (NONPF) Special Interest Group on Simulation. He holds a PhD in nursing and a post-master’s certificate in nursing education from Florida International University.
Trevonn Gyles (Speaker) is a graduate student at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. He is pursuing a PhD in neuroscience. Previously, Gyles attended Morehouse College as a National Institutes of Health MARC (Maximizing Access to Research Careers) scholar. While at Morehouse, his research focused on investigating the encapsulation of insulin with nanoparticles as a potential therapeutic treatment for diabetic neuropathy in rats. Gyles earned a BS in biology from Morehouse College.
Shereada Harrell (Speaker) is the director of the Career and Professional Development Center, (formerly known as the Career Center) at University Florida Agricultural and Mechanical (A&M) University. Harrell previously served as associate director of employer relations at the University Texas at Dallas Career Center. She has over ten years of tenure in career services, which also includes work at Troy University in Alabama, Arkansas State University, and the University of Central Arkansas. She is a member of the National Association of Colleges and Employers and the National Career Development Association. Harrell received a bachelor's degree in mass communications from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff and a master's degree in college student personnel services and administration from the University of Central Arkansas.
Cassandra Hart (Speaker) is an associate professor of education policy at the University of California, Davis. She evaluates the effects of school, state, and national education programs, policies, and practices on overall student achievement and on the equity of student outcomes. Hart’s work has focused on online education in K–12 schools and community colleges, school choice programs, school accountability policies, and the effects on students of exposure to demographically similar teachers. She is currently working on a study funded by the Spencer Foundation looking at responses to COVID-19 at California’s community colleges. Hart received her PhD from the School of Education and Social Policy at Northwestern University.
James (Jim) Hewlett (Speaker) serves as professor of biology and the director of biotechnology and biomanufacturing at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua, New York. In addition to teaching, he serves as the executive director of the Community College Undergraduate Research Initiative funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). He is a member of the steering committees for the University of Georgia's Research Coordination Networks (RNC) in Undergraduate Biology Education Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experiences Network (CUREnet), and the NSF RCN program on equity and diversity in undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics at the University of Minnesota. He is the recipient of the 2005 State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching, the 2016 Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Scholarship and Creative Activities, and in 2020, he was named a State University of New York Distinguished Service Professor. He earned a BS in
biology from Bucknell University and an MS in oceanography from the University of Connecticut.
Matthew T. Hora (Speaker) is an assistant professor of adult and higher education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison’s Department of Liberal Arts and Applied Studies in the Division of Continuing Studies and the Department of Education Policy Studies in the School of Education. Hora is also the director of the Center for Research on College-Workforce Transitions in the Wisconsin Center for Education Research. His current research program is focused on providing rigorous empirical evidence on issues related to college internship access, quality, and outcomes to partner institutions that include community colleges; Historically Black Colleges and Universities; Hispanic-Serving Institutions; and regional comprehensive universities in China, Japan, and the U.S. He holds a PhD in educational psychology focused on the area of learning sciences from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and an MAA in applied anthropology from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Andrew T. Hsu (Speaker) formally took office as the president of the College of Charleston in May 2019. Before joining the college, he served as the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Toledo, a public research university in Ohio. Before becoming provost and executive vice president at Toledo, Hsu served as the dean of engineering at San Jose State University, as well as the associate vice president for research and the dean of the graduate school at Wright State University. Throughout his career, Hsu has remained actively engaged in the community. He currently serves on the Tri-County Cradle-to-Career Collaborative Board of Directors, the Charleston Regional Development Alliance Leadership Council, and the South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs/Asian American and Pacific Islander Advisory Committee. Hsu earned his PhD in aerospace engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.
Mays Imad (Speaker) is a neuroscientist, professor of pathophysiology, and biomedical ethics, and the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center at Pima Community College. She is also a Gardner Institute fellow. Her current research focuses on the ways in which stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community relate to cognition, metacognition, student learning, and success. Imad received her undergraduate training in philosophy (with a focus on the philosophy of science and consciousness) from the University of Michigan and earned her PhD in cellular and clinical neuroscience from Wayne State University.
Felicia Jefferson (Speaker) is a tenured associate professor of biology at Fort Valley State University. Through her teaching, research, and community engagement activities, she partners with students and other scientists and educators to use science and engineering to solve problems in local communities and encourage science, technology, engineering, and mathematics delivery mechanisms that broaden participation in these fields. Her work, which has been funded by multiple federal grants, has appeared in top science journals. She has a BS in biotechnology and German from the Rochester Institute of Technology, an MS in molecular genetics and biochemistry from Georgia State University, and a PhD in biomedical science and neuroscience from the Morehouse College School of Medicine.
Alex Johnson (Speaker) is president of Cuyahoga Community College, where he focuses on strengthening the college’s 50-year mission of providing high-quality, accessible, and affordable educational opportunities and services. His recent book that builds on his more than 25 years of experience as a college president, Change the Lapel Pin: Personalizing Leadership to Transform Organizations and Communities, provides insights on how leaders at all levels can improve their chances for success. He is the past chair of the American Association of Community Colleges Board and serves on the boards of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Achieving the Dream, League for Innovation in the Community College, and the President’s Advisory Committee of Phi Theta Kappa. Johnson earned his PhD from Pennsylvania State University, an MA from Lehman College, and a BA degree from Winston-Salem State University.
Jim Julius (Planning Committee Member) has been the faculty director of online education at MiraCosta College since 2011. He collaborates locally, regionally, and statewide with faculty, administrators, student services, professionals, technologists, and students to help MiraCosta strengthen student equity and success through excellent online learning environments, experiences, and support services. Julius was the associate director of instructional technology services at San Diego State University from 2005–2011. He worked closely with other faculty support and development units on campus, managed the evaluation and adoption processes of emerging technologies, and worked with faculty and departments interested in redesigning courses with the goal of increasing online learning. Julius worked first as a software engineer for five years, then after obtaining a master's degree in teaching, he taught 4th and 5th grade for five years. He then earned an EdD in educational technology and has taught numerous in-person and online educational technology courses at San Diego State University and the University of San Diego.
Wilson Lozano (Speaker) is a computer engineering professor at the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico, where he founded the Computing Research and Engineering Lab. His research interest includes the integration of machine learning, data science, and mobile computing applied to smart city solutions. He earned a BS in computer systems engineering from the Universidad Industrial de Santander in Bucaramanga, Colombia and an MS in computer engineering from the University of Puerto Rico in Mayagüez. Currently, Lozano is pursuing a PhD in computer science and engineering at the University of South Florida.
Melissa McDaniels (Speaker) is the associate executive director and an associate scientist at the Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a co-investigator and community advancement manager for the National Institutes of Health-supported National Research Mentoring Network. She also leads a project as part of the American Physical Society’s National Science Foundation (NSF) Inclusive Graduate Education Network. Previously, McDaniels worked to support graduate and postdoctoral students at Michigan State University (MSU) as they developed their capacities as postsecondary instructors and mentors. She also served as the director of Michigan State University’s NSF ADVANCE Grant, where she spearheaded the institution’s efforts to diversify the faculty in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In this role, she was responsible for the development and implementation of MSU's new faculty mentoring policy. Prior to working at MSU, she held full-time positions at Northeastern University, Boston College, and the
National Geographic Society. McDaniels holds degrees from MSU (PhD), Boston College (MA), and the University of Michigan (BA).
Camille A. McKayle (Speaker) is provost and vice president of academic affairs at the University of the Virgin Islands (UVI). Previous to this, she served as dean of the College of Science and Mathematics. She has served as principal investigator and co-principal investigator on grants from National Science Foundation (NSF), National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Department of Defense, and the Mathematical Association of America. She currently serves as the principal investigator for three NSF projects: the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership, UVI’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities undergraduate program grant, and Florida-Caribbean Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation Regional Center of Excellence. From 2005 to 2008, McKayle was the program officer at the NSF’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities Undergraduate Program. McKayle received her PhD in mathematics from Lehigh University, her undergraduate degree in mathematics from Bates College, and a recently completed master’s certificate in creativity and change leadership from Buffalo State College’s International Center for Creativity Studies.
Kim LaScola Needy (Speaker) is a professor of industrial engineering and serves as dean of the graduate school and international education at the University of Arkansas. She previously worked for Boeing Company and at PPG Industries. Needy is the co-author of over 150 papers and a book, Fundamentals of Engineering Economic Analysis, Second Edition. She received the 2019 Albert G. Holzman Distinguished Educator Award from the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers, which recognized educators who contributed significantly to the profession. She is a fellow and past president of both the Institute of Industrial and Systems Engineers and the American Society for Engineering Management and a fellow of the American Society for Engineering Education. She has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Pittsburgh and a PhD from Wichita State University.
Craig Ogilvie (Speaker) serves as dean of the graduate college and associate vice president for research at Montana State University. He is an expert in nuclear physics. Ogilvie leads campus-wide discussions about ways in which attendance at a land grant university affects graduate students (the intentional development of student commitment to equity and inclusion, engagement with the community, and collaboration on crafting solutions to our society’s most challenging problems). Ogilvie serves as principal investigator on a National Science Foundation (NSF) Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant for the study of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on graduate students across the country. He also serves as principal investigator for a ten-university NSF grant that is conducting workshops in graduate programs across each university to improve the climate within research groups. He is also the co-principal investigator of an NSF collaborative grant for preparing graduate students to teach at community colleges. Prior to joining Montana State, Ogilvie served as assistant dean for the graduate college at Iowa State University, where he focused on inclusion and graduate careers. Ogilvie has a doctorate in physics from the University of Birmingham, England and a bachelor’s degree, also in physics, from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Hironao Okahana (Planning Committee Member) is a higher education researcher who currently works for the Council of Graduate Schools (CGS) as associate vice president for
research and knowledge development. He studies U.S. master’s and doctoral degree education with particular emphasis on enrollment trends, labor market outcomes, diversity and inclusiveness, and organizational analysis. As CGS’s principal researcher, he conceptualizes, designs, and implements research projects, as well as develops and executes various data, policy, and research analysis efforts that pertain to its strategic priorities. Since 2016, Okahana has served as the project director and is overseeing the implementation, dissemination, and continuous improvement of the CGS/GRE (Graduate Record Examination) Survey of Graduate Enrollment and Degrees and the CGS International Graduate Admissions Survey, as well as other ad hoc member surveys. In addition to his role at CGS, Okahana is a higher education program affiliate at George Mason University and an adjunct assistant professor of education at the William and Mary School of Education. Previously, he was a dean’s fellow at the graduate school of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. Originally from Tokyo, Japan, Okahana earned his PhD in education and MPP in public policy from the University of California, Los Angeles, and his undergraduate degrees from California State University, Long Beach.
Suzanne Ortega (Speaker) is the president of the Council of Graduate Schools. She previously served as the University of North Carolina’s (UNC) senior vice president for academic affairs, the executive vice president and provost at the University of New Mexico, and vice provost and graduate dean at the University of Washington. Ortega’s primary research interests are mental health epidemiology, health services, and race and ethnic relations. Ortega has served on the executive boards of the Council of Graduate Schools, the Graduate Record Examination, the National Academies of Sciences Committee on the Assessment of the Research Doctorate, the National Science Foundation’s Human Resources Expert Panel, the North Carolina E-Learning Commission, the North Carolina Public School Forum, the UNC TV Foundation, and the UNC Press Board of Governors. Ortega's masters and doctoral degrees in sociology were completed at Vanderbilt University.
Jhoselin Padilla-Castro (Speaker) is a University of Central Florida (UCF) concurrent student with Valencia College. In the fall of 2019, Padilla-Castro joined Simsations-4-LIFE, which focuses on enhancing student critical thinking skills through simulations. She currently serves as the vice president for the club and recently completed an embedded participant training to become more involved. Padilla-Castro will be graduating from UCF’s nursing program next semester with a BS in nursing. This semester she is working on a cardiac Progressive Care Unit and exploring her interest in this field.
Sherry Pagoto (Speaker) is a licensed clinical psychologist, a professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences at the University of Connecticut, and a director of the University of Connecticut’s Center for Health and Social Media. She is also a past president of the Society of Behavioral Medicine. Her research examines the intersection of behavioral science, public health, and technology. Pagoto has had federal funding for her program of research for 17 consecutive years and has published more than 200 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Devoted to science communication, she has contributed to the Washington Post, USA Today, US News and World Report, the Chronicle of Higher Education, STAT News, Times Higher Education, MedCityNews, and Psychology Today. She has a bachelor’s degree from Oakland University and a PhD from Western Michigan University.
Jezella Peraza (Speaker) is a senior at California State University, Monterey Bay majoring in marine science with a minor in statistics. Peraza is a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Educational Partnership Program with Minority-Serving Institutions Class of 2019 scholar. She has interned at NOAA headquarters with the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries as their education and outreach intern and virtually with the National Marine Fisheries Service’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center in Woods Hole, Massachusetts studying the marine bivalve Modiolus modiolus and its community structure.
Bonnie Peters (Speaker) is the chief student services officer and director of student experience for the California Virtual Campus Online Education Initiative (CVC-OEI). For the last six and a half years, Peters has been providing administrative and programmatic leadership for the CVC-OEI Online Student Experience Division. She designed the concept of the online student support hub for the system of 116 California community colleges, which focuses on creating equity in the online learning environment. Prior to 2014, she spent 15 years at San Diego City College, where she counseled and taught students both on campus and online. In 2005, she developed the college’s online counseling program, a first among community colleges both regionally and nationally. She holds an MS in counseling, but it was her interest in online education that prompted her pursuit of a second MA in teaching and learning with technology in 2011.
Enrico Pontelli (Speaker) is currently a regents professor of computer science and the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at New Mexico State University. He serves in the leadership team of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, and he is the founder of the Young Women in Computing program. His research interests are in the areas of broadening participation in computing, knowledge representation and reasoning, assistive technologies, and computational logic. He has published over 270 peer-reviewed papers, and he leads several externally funded initiatives such as the iCREDITS Center of Research Excellence in Smart-Grid Technologies. He received his PhD in Computer Science from New Mexico State University, a master’s of science in computer science from the University of Houston and a laureate degree in computer science from the University of Udine, Italy.
Julie R. Posselt (Speaker) is an associate professor of higher education at the University of Southern California at the Rossier School of Education. Her research examines institutionalized inequalities in higher education and methods to reduce inequities and encourage diversity. She has written three books focusing on equity and inclusion in higher education, as well as numerous articles and papers on the subject. She completed the National Academy of Education’s first national study of graduate student mental health and now directs the National Science Foundation-funded California Consortium for Inclusive Doctoral Education and the Inclusive Graduate Education Research Hub. She is associate editor of the Journal of Higher Education. She earned her PhD in higher education from the University of Michigan.
Juan S. Ramírez Lugo (Planning Committee Member) is an assistant professor of biology at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras. His current research interests are centered around the development of novel tools and approaches to assess the impact of undergraduate research experiences on the student’s sense of self-confidence, identity as a developing scientist, and certainty in career choice, all of which are predictors of the integration and persistence of students, particularly those from underrepresented groups, into science, technology, engineering,
and mathematics. Ramírez Lugo is an undergraduate biology education specialist focused on teaching and reforming the undergraduate biology curriculum, particularly at the introductory level. He is devoted to improving student success and engagement in the biological sciences through the use of high-impact teaching and learning practices, such as active learning and course-based research experiences. He works to develop curricular materials and approaches that are tailored to Río Piedras’ unique student population and institutional context. Ramírez Lugo was involved in the creation of the IQ BIO (Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology) summer research experience undergraduate, a National Science Foundation-funded research site designed to increase the participation of individuals who belong to groups that have been historically underrepresented in science in emerging fields of inquiry at the interface of biology and computer sciences. He has a PhD in biology from the California Institute of Technology.
Jonathan Nelson Rivera (Speaker) is currently a cyber-security major at Kean University in Union, New Jersey. He participated in the virtual Research Experiences for Undergraduates program sponsored by the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions and funded by the National Science Foundation. Students were matched with participating professors from around the country based on their research interests. Rivera worked with a professor at the University of Texas at El Paso on the use in data processing of negative intervals and large-scale series of numbers that include positive and negative infinity.
Natalia Villanueva Rosales (Speaker) is professor of computer science at the University of Texas at El Paso. She leads the iLink Research Group at the National Science Foundation-funded Cyber-ShARE (Cyberinfrastructure for Sharing resources to Advance Research and Education) Center of Excellence at the university, and her work has contributed to the harnessing of data for converting cities to smart cities. This involves such issues like the seamless management of data using expressive ontologies across disciplines, institutions, and countries for the generation of scientific models and metrics to answer complex scientific questions in the areas of freight performance, smart cities solutions, biodiversity, and hydroeconomical models. She earned a PhD in computer science from Carleton University, an MSc in artificial intelligence from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, a BS in computer science from the Universidad Panamericana Campus Aguascalientes in Mexico, and a double major in statistics from the Centro de Investigación en Matemáticas, also in Mexico.
Adriana Salerno (Speaker) is associate professor of mathematics at Bates College. Salerno’s main research area is number theory, in particular the intersections of number theory with geometry, physics, and cryptography. She is an alumna of the Linton-Poodry Society for Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Summer Leadership Institute, and the SACNAS–Howard Hughes Medical Institute Advanced Leadership Institute, and she is committed to increasing the representation of minorities and women in the mathematical sciences. She is a proud member of Association for Women in Mathematics, SACNAS, Mathematical Association of America, and American Mathematical Society. Salerno received her undergraduate degree in mathematics from the Universidad Simon Bolivar in Colombia and her PhD from the University of Texas.
Nayda G. Santiago (Speaker) is an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus. Her areas of research include use of novel
architectures for hyperspectral image analysis and low-power software design. She was a recipient of the 2009 Distinguished Alumni Award of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, and the 2011 Women on the Forefront of the Puerto Rico Society of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. She is a member of Society for Advancement of Chicanos, Hispanics and Native Americans in Science, Latinas in Computing, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, and the Association for Computing Machinery. She is one of the founding members of the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions and of Femprof. Santiago received a BSEE degree from University of Puerto Rico, Mayagüez Campus, in 1989, an MEngEE degree from Cornell University, and a PhD degree in electrical engineering from Michigan State University.
Viji Sathy (Planning Committee Member) is a professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience and special projects assistant to the dean of undergraduate education at the University of North Carolina (UNC), Chapel Hill. She is actively involved in instructional innovation and faculty development and is a national expert in inclusive teaching. Her research involves evaluating the impact of innovative teaching techniques and rates of degree completion in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Sathy is also the program evaluator of the Chancellor’s Science Scholars, an adaptation of the Meyerhoff Program, which has successfully increased participation by underrepresented student populations in STEM PhD programs. She regularly teaches undergraduate quantitative courses as course-based research experiences: statistics and research methodology, as well as makerspace courses. Prior to her current position at UNC, she worked at the College Board conducting research on the SATs and non-cognitive predictors of college success. Sathy earned her BS degree in psychology and PhD in psychometrics from UNC at Chapel Hill.
Rachel A. Smith (Speaker) is an assistant professor in higher education and student affairs in the School of Education at Iowa State University. Her research program includes work on curricular and residential learning communities, undergraduate community formation, and higher education knowledge networks. Smith is co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant to investigate the graduate student experience of support and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic. She teaches courses on student affairs, U.S. college students, and assessment. Smith was previously a faculty member at Baruch College of the City University of New York in the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Smith earned a PhD and MS in higher postsecondary education from Syracuse University and holds a BA in history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Keivan G. Stassun (Speaker) is the Stevenson Endowed Professor of Physics and Astronomy at Vanderbilt University. He is also the founding director of the Vanderbilt Initiative in Data-Intensive Astrophysics (VIDA). His research focuses on the formation of stars and planetary systems, which increasingly involves a multidisciplinary approach involving astronomy, physics, computer science, and informatics. Stassun currently serves as a general councilor for the American Physical Society and served for eight years as chair of the American Astronomical Society's Committee on the Status of Minorities. He received the 2018 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring. Stassun earned a PhD in astronomy from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.
Lynn Andrea Stein (Speaker) is professor of computer and cognitive science at the Olin College of Engineering. From 1990 to 2000, Stein was an assistant and then associate professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department at MIT and at the Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and Laboratory for Computer Science there. Stein's research spans the fields of artificial intelligence, programming languages, and engineering and computer science education. Stein has received the National Science Foundation Young Investigator Award, a Bunting fellowship, and several educational awards. She has also served on the Executive Council of the Association for Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, on the Member Services Board of the Association for Computing Machinery, and in various leadership positions as a woman in computing. Stein has a bachelor's degree cum laude in computer science from Harvard and Radcliffe Colleges and master's and doctorate degrees in computer science from Brown University.
Heather Thiry (Planning Committee Member) is a research associate with the Ethnography & Evaluation Research Unit at the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her research interests focus on the educational and career pathways and identities of students from groups traditionally underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), including low-income, first-generation college students and students of color. She is especially interested in systems-level change efforts to support the STEM pathways of diverse students in higher education institutions. She is currently one of the evaluators of the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions, a National Science Foundation INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) Alliance. She is also currently leading a 5-year research study of STEM transfer pathways for underrepresented student from 2-year to 4-year institutions. Her evaluation and research interests have also focused on the influence of co-curricular activities and experiences on persistence and degree completion in STEM majors and the role of undergraduate research and student organizations on the development of students as STEM professionals. She has a PhD in education from the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Elsa Q. Villa (Speaker) is a research assistant professor at the University of Texas at El Paso where she shares her appointment between the College of Education and the Office of Research and Sponsored Projects. Villa is also a member of the backbone and data management team for the Computing Alliance for Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI), a National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) Alliance that involves over 40 institutions of higher education nationwide. Villa is co-principal investigator of an NSF Rapid Response Research (RAPID) grant with principal investigator Ann Gates, executive director of CAHSI INCLUDES, and co-principal investigator Pat Morreale, chair of the Department of Computer Science at Kean University. The grant involved approximately 20 faculty and 60 undergraduate students in a virtual research experience for undergraduates in summer 2020. Villa holds a PhD from New Mexico State University.
Courtney E. Williams (Speaker) serves as director of the Center for Student Engagement and Leadership and an adjunct professor in University College at Dillard University. Prior to joining Dillard University, Williams served as the associate director of student involvement at the Danna Student Center at Loyola University, New Orleans where he led programs designed to enhance
retention, develop leaders, and support academic success. Williams is an alumnus of the 34th Cohort of the Social Justice Training Institute as well as the Donna M. Bourassa Mid-Level Manager Institute and is a co-lead facilitator for the LeaderShape’s Institute for African American males. Williams is a two-time graduate of Vanderbilt University where he received a BA in French and medicine, health, and society and an MEd in community development and action from the Peabody College of Education and Human Development. Williams earned an EdD in organizational change and leadership at the University of Southern California’s Rossier School of Education.
Eboni M. Zamani-Gallaher (Speaker) is professor of higher education and community college leadership and associate head of the Department of Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also associate dean of the graduate college and director of the Office for Community College Research and Leadership. Zamani-Gallaher’s research has been published in various journals, including Equity & Excellence in Education, Higher Education Policy, and New Directions for Student Affairs. She has authored and edited seven books including The Case for Affirmative Action; Working with Students in Community Colleges: Contemporary Strategies for Bridging Theory, Research, and Practice; The State of the African American Male; and The Obama Administration and Educational Reform. She holds a PhD in higher education administration with a specialization in community college leadership and educational evaluation from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.