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Diversity in STEM Conference

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Hawkeye Community College Main Campus

1501 East Orange Road

Waterloo, IA 50701

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Explore strategies to build STEM programs that entice and engage our underrepresented communities in high-demand careers.

Keynote speaker

Kantis Simmons, Former NASA Scientist, Nationally Renown Speaker and Author

After more than a decade of working in the lab solving scientific problems for the government and corporate industries, Simmons travels the world solving the problems of students, parents, educators, schools, and colleges by delivering speeches, creating courses, and writing books.

With a bachelor's degree in Chemistry from Norfolk State University and master's degrees in Polymer Science & Engineering from Lehigh University and Textile and Fiber Engineering from Georgia Tech, Simmons is passionate about science and education.

Prior to leaving the lab, Simmons developed new products for Mobil Chemical Company, created new contact lens products for CIBA Vision, and improved aircrafts, space shuttles and military jets at NASA's Langley Research Center.

Simmons' message resonates with audiences, as he shares his humorous and proven 7.25 secrets on academic success, college readiness, teacher motivation, and STEM education.


8:30 – 9:00am: Check-in and Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:25am: Welcome

9:30 – 10:30am: Keynote Speaker

10:45 – 11:30am: Breakout Sessions I

11:45 – 12:30pm: Breakout Sessions II

12:30 – 1:30pm: Lunch

1:30 – 2:30pm: Closing Session
Esports Demonstration/Presentation and Technology Showcase


10:45–11:30am and 11:45–12:30pm

Building STEM Diversity in Iowa:
Sarah Derry, South Central Regional STEM Manager for the Govenor's STEM Advisory Council at Drake University

Economic Inclusion: Lisa Rivera Skubal, CEcD, Vice President of Economic Development, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber and Will Frost, Director of Talent Development, Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber

What Do We Mean When We Talk About STEM? Carrie Rankin, Managing Director of the Iowa's Governor's STEM Advisory Council, and Pat Thieben, Department of Education, Bureau of Community Colleges


Closing Sessions:
Esports Presentation/Demonstration
Technology Showcase

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