Spring to Action 2020 - POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19

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Advocating for Ourselves and Others: How to Build Inclusive Communities

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On March 7th, New England Graduate Womxn in Science and Engineering will be hosting its third annual Spring to Action. Please join us for an exciting day of speakers, workshops, expert panels, and conversations about the roles that we can play on our campuses to make learning and research more inclusive for everyone. Light breakfast, coffee, lunch, and snacks will be provided. The event is entirely free. We welcome all students of all genders.

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Keynote:

Prasha Sarwate Dutra holds degrees in mechanical and chemical engineering, and works in the manufacturing industry as a manager. Since 2017, Prasha has run Her STEM Story, a weekly podcast where she interviews women in STEM from around the world. In the last two years, she has interviewed 125 women in STEM and has created a community of 10,000 women from around the world. She loves podcasting, public speaking, coaching women in STEM & creating valuable content to empower women!

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Dr. Ellise LaMotte is the Director of the Center for STEM Diversity at Tufts University, a role in which she directs the Center as it supports underrepresented populations in STEM fields through programmatic offerings, as well as financial and social/emotional support. She holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering technology and a master’s degree in business administration, both from Northeastern University, and received a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, focusing on the experiences of African American women in engineering as they successfully persist to degree completion.

Tariana V. Little is co-founder of EmVision Productions (em.vision), a boutique media production company that helps forward-thinking organizations convey their impact, and a Doctor of Public Health candidate at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Driven by science, storytelling, and social justice, Tariana’s work embodies what she calls “intentional creativity for social change.” Connect with her @TVLENSES.

Deja Knight is currently a Master of Public Health Candidate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the department of Health and Social Behavior. At Harvard, Deja also serves as an Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Fellow in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Prior to Harvard, Deja received her Master of Art Degree in Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Iowa where she co-founded and co-directed Our Collective Minds Organization. Deja is a former Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate achievement fellow from Wesleyan University where she received her Bachelor of Art Degree in Neuroscience and Behavior and African American Studies.

Panel: Advocacy in STEM at All Levels

Karen Chacón is the Executive Director at the Latino STEM Alliance based in Boston, MA. The Latino STEM Alliance inspires underserved youth to achieve educational and career success in STEM fields. Born and educated in Boston, Karen grew up in Boston’s Latin Quarter, Jamaica Plain, and is a first generation college graduate. In addition to her role at the Latino STEM Alliance, Karen serves as a co-chair of the Greater Boston Latino Network, a collective of Latino-led and Latino-serving community organizations in the Greater Boston area, working together to address historical underrepresentation of Latinos in leadership roles and improving education for Latino students.

Dr. Jessica Tsai is a Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant Fellow at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Boston Children’s Hospital, and post-doctoral fellow in the Bandopadhayay Lab at Dana-Farber. She is Co-Director of the STEM Advocacy Institute, a 501c3 focused on building a future where there is equitable access and exposure to science for all people, and considers it her tremendous responsibility and joy to mentor a community of diverse and empowered scientists.

Dr. Joyce Wong is a Professor of Biomedical Engineering and Materials Science & Engineering at Boston University, and the Inaugural Director of a Boston University Provost Initiative launched in 2014 promoting women in STEM at all levels: ARROWS (Advance, Recruit, Retain & Organize Women in STEM). She received her PhD from MIT in Materials Science and Engineering. Her research is in the area of developing biomaterials to detect and treat disease. Some of her projects include bioengineered patches for congenital heart defects in pediatric patients and design of theranostic agents to detect and treat cardiovascular disease. Dr. Wong is a Fellow of the American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE), Fellow of the Biomedical Engineering Society, and a AAAS Fellow. In 2017 she was awarded the highest honor in the College of Engineering at Boston University, the Charles DeLisi Distinguished Lecturer.

Dr. Karina Gonzalez Herrera is the Associate Director of Diversity and Minority Affairs in the Division of Medical Sciences (DMS), which is home to 6 Ph.D. programs in the life sciences at Harvard Medical School. In addition to her passion for scientific research, she enjoys teaching and mentoring underrepresented minority students. She works closely with colleagues in the Office of Diversity and Minority Affairs in Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences (GSAS) and as part of DMS, she is responsible for planning and developing strategies to support diversity, inclusion, and belonging efforts for DMS programs. Dr. Gonzalez co-directs the Summer Honors Undergraduate Research Program (SHURP) based at Harvard Medical School. She serves as an academic advisor to current graduate students and post-baccalaureate program participants at Harvard, as well as SHURP participants. Dr. Gonzalez is a first generation Latina and earned both her B.S. and M.S. in Molecular Cell Biology and Biotechnology from California State University, San Marcos, and a Ph.D. in Biological and Biomedical Sciences from Harvard University.

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