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The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights  & The Leadership Conference Education Fund
The Nation's Premier Civil and Human Rights Coalition

Symposium on Advancing Equity through More and Better STEM Learning

Agenda (PDF)

9:00 am Welcoming Remarks

  • Wade Henderson, President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund

9:10 – 9:30 am Keynote Address

  • Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education

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9:30 – 11:00 am Panel 1: Addressing Disparities in STEM Education

  • Gwendolyn Boyd, President, Alabama State University
  • David Coleman, President & CEO, College Board®
  • Richard Tapia, Director, Center on Excellence and Equity at Rice University
  • Valerie Wilson, Deputy Division Director, Division of Graduate Education, National Science Foundation
  • Moderated by Shirley Malcom, head of the Directorate for Education and Human Resources Programs of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)

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11:00 – 11:15 am Break

11:15 am – 12:45 pm Panel 2: Widening the STEM Pipeline

  • Tamara Jayasundera, Professor, Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
  • Lorilyn Owens, Director, Oracle Academy North America
  • Debra Joy Perez, Vice President, Research, Evaluation and Learning, Annie E. Casey Foundation
  • Winslow Sargeant, Chief Counsel for Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Kristin Townsend, Senior Manager, Office of Corporate Citizenship, Verizon Foundation
  • Claus von Zastrow, Director of Research, Change the Equation
  • Moderated by Kavitha Cardoza, Special Correspondent, WAMU 88.5

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12:45 – 1:45 pm Lunch Keynote

  • David Johns, Executive Director, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans

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1:45 – 2:00 pm Break

2:00 – 3:30 pm Panel 3: Putting it All Together: Promising STEM Practices

  • Kena Allison, award-winning physics teacher, Thurgood Marshall Academy PCS
  • Marybeth Gasman, Director, The Penn Center for Minority-Serving Institutions
  • Maisha Moses, National Co-Director, Young People’s Project
  • Robert Moses, President and Founder, The Algebra Project
  • Moderated by Michael Nettles, Senior Vice President, ETS

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3:30 pm Closing and Adjourn

  • Roberto Rodriguez, Special Assistant to the President for Education, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Wade Henderson, President & CEO, The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund

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