Inaugural Puerto Rico PKAL Regional Network Meeting

Talking about Equity Is Uncomfortable but Necessary

January 28, 2016 to January 29, 2016
University of Puerto Rico-Humacao
Main Theater
Carr.908 Km 1.2
Humacao, PR

The first Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL) Regional Meeting on the island of Puerto Rico will be held on January 28-29th, 2016 at the University of Puerto Rico-Humacao. Our faculty development conference, Talking about Equity Is Uncomfortable but Necessary, features distinguished lecturers addressing current initiatives with successful outcomes that improve equity in classrooms and workplaces, with particular emphasis in Latinas entering the Computer Sciences. To ensure a highly interactive meeting, we will also conduct an Educational Nano-Hackathon. The Hackathon brings together educators, scientists, artists, investigators, and members of non-profit educational organizations with computer programmers, graphic designers, and business specialists to intensively collaborate on ideas for the design of software, apps, and devices that will help alleviate current equity problems. The team with the best proposal will receive a $1,000 award. Second and third place teams will be awarded $500 and $250, respectively. It is our hope that this meeting will ultimately lead to the establishment of specific collaborations between faculty from other Hispanic Serving Institutions, associations, and industries, who are genuinely interested on further submitting proposals to advance education.  

Please join us for a productive two-day conference to discuss easily implemented strategies that will promote equity at your institution.

Event Schedule
Each day of the conference begins with Breakfast and Welcome at 7:30 AM. Click here to view the preliminary program. 

Meeting Location
The meeting will take place at the Main Theater at University of Puerto Rico-Humacao. Click here for map with meeting room location and parking information. 

A guest room block is available at the Wyndham Garden at Palmas del Mar Hotel (170 Candelero Drive, Palmas Del Mar, Humacao, Puerto Rico 00791). Reservation and rate information is available here.  


Registration is online. Registration is waived for the first 50 faculty and 20 undergraduate student registrants. This registration opportunity is first-come, first-served. After these slots are full, general registration is $50 per person, and includes meals and materials. Reduced registration for students is $20 per person. The registration deadline is January 22, 2016.

About Project Kaleidoscope (PKAL)
PKAL is a higher education reform center from the Association of American Colleges and Universities dedicated to empowering STEM faculty to graduate more students in STEM fields who are competitively trained and liberally educated. PKAL has to date empowered an extensive network of over 7,000 STEM faculty and administrators committed to the principles, practices, and partnerships that advance cutting-edge, integrative STEM higher education for all students.