Town Hall on Advancing STEM Equity at Minority Serving Institutions

The University of Arizona and the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine (NASEM) partnered to convene a town hall focused on advancing STEM equity at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). 

Discussions were foregrounded by insights conveyed in two reports, Minority Serving Institutions: America's Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce and Transforming STEM Education at Hispanic Serving Institutions in the United States: A Consensus Report. 
This one-day meeting gathered key stakeholders, including but not limited to students, faculty, staff, and administrators from higher education institutions across the state, K-12 administrators, and business, non-profit, and community leaders to:

  • Develop strategic know-how to support the mission of MSIs
  • Examine promising practices for responsively supporting student success at MSIs, including workforce preparation in STEM fields 
  • Map future actions focused on the intersections of innovation and scholarship in teaching and learning and the mission of MSIs 

Sponsors included:

NASEM Town Hall Agenda

Welcome & Introductions

Marla A. Franco, Assistant Vice Provost, Hispanic Serving Institution Initiatives
Karen Francis-Begay, Assistant Vice Provost, Native American Initiatives
Elizabeth "Betsy" Cantwell, Senior Vice President, Research, Innovation and Impact
Tom Rudin, Director, Board on Higher Education and Workforce, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering & Medicine
Evelyn Kent, Minority Serving Institutions Program Director, U.S. Department of Defense

Transformational Change Towards a Servingness Orientation: What does this call for and why do we need it?

Guadalupe Lozano, Director, Center for University Education Scholarship (CUES); Associate Research Professor, Mathematics








Nuanced Perspectives on Transformational Change Oriented Towards Servingness

Nolan Cabrera:  A Focus on Whiteness
Associate Professor, Educational Policy Studies & Practice
Associate Professor, Social, Cultural, Critical Theory Graduate Interdisciplinary Program
Associate Professor, American Indian Studies GIDP, The University of Arizona
Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Fellow

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John PollardA Focus on Equity in General Education and Honors Programs
CUES Distinguished Fellow
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Curricular Innovation, Honors College
Associate Professor of Practice, Chemistry and Biochemistry, The University of Arizona

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Melissa Herbst-Kralovetz: A Focus on Gender Equity in STEM
Director, Women’s Health Microbiome Initiative
Associate Professor, Basic Medical Sciences
Associate Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology, The University of Arizona

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Aileen Wong: A Focus on Preparing Culturally Responsive Audiologists
Clinical Assistant Professor and Research Audiologist, Speech, Language & Hearing Sciences, The University of Arizona
Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) Fellow

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Keynote | Intentionality: An Essential Element for Supporting the Success of MSI Students

Presented by NASEM and Dr. Anne-Marie Nuñez, The Ohio State University

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Workshop | Measures Centered on Servingness for STEM Teaching, Learning & Student Support

Exercise Introduction: Guadalupe Lozano, The University of Arizona

  • Ideate: Two groups, consisting of about 10 participants each, discussed and developed student-centered measures at a macro, mezzo, and micro level that could arguably transcend normative measures.
  • Present: Each group presented their work, offering rationale for their proposed measures.
  • Receive Feedback: A panel offered thoughts regarding the viability of the innovative measures and the extent to which they are centered on servingness.

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8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Jan. 23, 2020


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