Framingham State University

Inaugural Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network Meeting

Best Practices in Retaining Underrepresented Students in STEM

October 16, 2015
Framingham State University
McCarthy Center
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Lorelle EspinosaDr. Lorelle Espinosa is currently the Assistant Vice President, Center for Policy Research and Strategy at The American Council on Education. She specializes in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education; diverse students and institutions as well as nontraditional students.

Read more about Dr. Espinosa.

Event Objectives

This inaugural Massachusetts PKAL Regional Network meeting will provide a forum for the discussion of best practices in retaining underrepresented students in STEM. At the event, attendees will:

  • Share successful strategies for improving the retention of underrepresented students in STEM
  • Identify current strategies use at participants' home institutions
  • Identify new strategies participants can share with their home institutions


10:00 – 10:30 AM
Registration, Coffee & Networking
McCarthy Center Forum

10:30 - 11:00 AM
Welcome & Introductions
McCarthy Center Forum

11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Keynote Address and Workshop

1:00 - 2:00 PM
Lunch & Networking

2:00 – 3:00 PM
MA PKAL Regional Network Organizational Meeting

3:00 - 3:30 PM
MA PKAL Regional Network Organizational Meeting

Event Registration

Registration is online.The fee is $50 per person, and includes lunch; payment is due at registration. 


If you have any event related questions, please contact Dr. Catherine Dignam (