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ASP2018: Plenary Sessions Schedule

Tuesday September 11

Morning Session

Broadening Participation Using Media and Educational Outreach

Rita Karl and Dr. Alicia Santiago producers of the Emmy Award-winning SciGirls program will talk about how the multimedia project excites and engages upper-grade and middle-school tweens in STEM. SciGirls is a multiplatform STEM education project produced by Twin Cities PBS (tpt), that combines a PBS television series, digital content on PBS and PBS Learning Media, and direct community outreach to drive STEM curiosity and learning. SciGirls also empowers educators to create a more inclusive and gender-equitable STEM environment that inspires, engages, and retains ALL girls in STEM. Rita and Alicia will also share how SciGirls is reaching and engaging with the Hispanic community. SciGirls is addressing multiple STEM barriers that Hispanic girls face and helping them create positive identities with STEM through media, outreach and role models.


Afternoon Session

Barriers to Equity, Inclusion, and Diversity in Astronomy

Astronomy, like many other sciences, has struggled to engage and include traditionally underrepresented groups such as underrepresented minorities (URMs), women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, disabled persons, and others. The reasons for this struggle are many and various, but three important, well-known, well studied issues are: Stereotype Threat, Imposter Syndrome, and Implicit Bias. These issues can arise in a variety of settings: in the classroom, in research settings, in mentor/adviser relations, and in community outreach.

This highly interactive session will help participants learn about these three topics and how they manifest themselves in their work engaging various constituencies in appreciating, studying, and practicing astronomy.



Wednesday September 12

Morning Session

Instantiating Inclusion: Results from STEM Environments in which Women of Color Thrive

Apriel Hodari

From a study of out-performing STEM departments in the United States and United Kingdom in which women of color are thriving, I will present common approaches across these departments that promote inclusive environments. My team takes seriously the Advance HE criteria on gender and race, so our findings address inclusivity by class, gender identity, sexual orientation, family structure and family/community culture. I invite you to consider how the practices we’ve identified might help you address issues of inclusion in your own setting


Afternoon Session

Early Childhood Learning in Science (working title)

Suzanne Gurton

Plenary Panelists and Session description available soon.



Thursday September 13

Morning Session

Science Communication with Digital/Social Media Tools
(working title)

Plenary Session description available soon.