2018 Capital PKAL Regional Network Conference

Cultural Responsiveness in Fulfilling the Mission of Preparing a Global STEM Workforce

March 16, 2018
Stevenson University
Kevin J. Manning Academic Center
11200 Ted Herget Way
Owings Mills, MD 21117

Project Kaleidoscope and Stevenson University are pleased to announce the 2018 meeting of the Capital PKAL Regional Network: “Cultural Responsiveness in Fulfilling the Mission of Preparing a Global STEM Workforce". The meeting will be held on March 16, 2018 at Stevenson University in Owings Mills, Maryland. The keynote speaker is Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., one of the nation's leading scholars on community-based interventions designed to eliminate racial and ethnic health disparities. Read more about Dr. Thomas here.

Confirmed Presenters

“Using an inquiry-based, research driven approach to design a cross-disciplinary laboratory course”
Jeremy Burkett and Tim Dwyer, Stevenson University

“Transforming STEM: Innovative Health Information Management Student Practicum to Address Global Emergency Preparedness”
Robin Butler, Aerian Tatum, Patience Ebuwei, Coppin State University

“A microscope of your own: Introduction of the personnel microscope to STEM Educational programs and research”
Frank Denaro, Simon Nyaga, Morgan State University

“TU REP: Providing authentic research experiences in the college classroom to better educate all STEM majors”
Laura Gough, Rommel Miranda, Trudy Atuobi, Towson University

“Culturally Responsive Teaching and Infusion of Computational Data Science Tools in STEM Courses to Prepare Students for the Global Workforce”
Cleo Hughes-Darden, Pumtiwitt McCarthy, Birol Ozturk, James Wachira, Morgan State University

“Navigating STEM: Reducing barriers for under-represented students”
Lindsay Jamieson, Samantha Elliott, St. Mary’s College of Maryland

“Concept Mapping as a Culturally Responsive and Inclusive Active-Learning Strategy in STEM”
Robert Javonillo, Ernest C. Steele, Jr., Catherine M. Martin-Dunlop, Samala Lewis, Morgan State University

“Unlocking Creativity and Enhancing Flexible Thinking through Art”
Sofya L. Kerzhner, Baltimore City Community College

“The Content Monster: Keeping the Tyranny of Content from Hijacking Learning in Your Classroom”
Sarah Leupen, University of Maryland Baltimore County

“The Student Research Center: A Replicable Model with Promising Results”
Shamara Murphy, Opuruiche Ibekwe, Morgan State University

“STEM Undergraduate Research Experiences: Student Veteran Perspectives”
Laura E. Ott, William R. LaCourse, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Afternoon Panel Discussion will include alumni from participating institutions who are now part of the STEM workforce. They will discuss the importance of cultural responsiveness in the workforce and what colleges and universities can do to model and integrate it into STEM curricula.


8:00am-9:00am Breakfast/Meeting Check-in
9:00am – 9:15am Welcome and Introductions
9:15am – 10:15am   Keynote Speaker
10:25am – 11:25am    Concurrent Session I
11:30am – 12:30pm  Lunch
12:30pm – 1:00pm        Table discussions of the future of the network
1:00pm – 1:50pm   Panel Discussion
2:00pm – 3:00pm     Concurrent Session II

​Event registration is online. Registration is $55 per person, and includes breakfast and lunch. The registration deadline is March 12, 2018. 

For additional information about the 3rd Annual Capital PKAL Regional 2018 Conference, please contact:

Conference Chair
Dr. Meredith Durmowicz
Stevenson University