2021 Virtual Conference on Transforming STEM Higher Education Plenary Sessions



Conference Welcome and Keynote Address

Thursday, November 4 from 4:15 pm - 5:30 pm ET

STEM Reform Matters

Rosalyn_Hobson_Hargraves-web.jpgKeynote Speaker:

Dr. Rosalyn Hobson-Hargraves, Director, Division of Undergraduate Education, National Science Foundation

 This session sets the tone for the entire conference by laying out an agenda for STEM reform that focuses squarely on faculty, their roles, their needs, and their aspirations as scholars and educators. Our conference prioritizes what must be done to ensure that we are ever mindful of the necessity for broadening the participation of racially minoritized and other historically marginalized groups – including both students and faculty.


Friday Plenary

Friday, November 5 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm ET

Attending to Diversity and Inclusion in Undergraduate STEM Curricula


Dr. Jeff Schinske, Professor of Biology- Foothill College and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal, CBE-Life Sciences Education

 This session features a “nuts-and-bolts” presentation where the focus on DEI will pick up where Rosalyn leaves off the day before; and leave our attendees with actions that they can take to improve the likelihood that all of their students – regardless of social identity – can thrive in their classes.


Closing Plenary

Saturday, November 6 from 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Hidden Shame of STEM Higher Education Reform


Dr. DeAngela Burns-Wallace, Secretary of Administration, State of Kansas

This session has been reserved as a moment to encourage and inspire our attendees to accomplish the formidable goals that they set for themselves after learning so much at the conference. It is also a time to recognize and honor the humanity of those whose disciplines often overlook this important aspect of their beings. This journey with attendees into the unspoken truths of what it means to be faculty at this time in our history will be an extraordinary end to the conference.