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Program and Schedule

All events will take place virtually via Zoom. Links to Zoom Rooms are posted below with the individual sessions.

9 – 9:15 a.m.
Zoom Room 1

Chris McGahan, Dean, College of Sciences
Caren Schmidt, Regional Sales Manager, BASF Professional & Specialty Solutions

9:20 – 10 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 1

Science Serving Communities: Collaborative STEM Research That Serves Underserved Communities
Zoom Room 1
Jane Hoppin, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Meg Blanchard, Professor, Department of STEM Education
Bahby Banks, CEO, Pillar Consulting; Adjunct Faculty Member, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health
Sam Cook, Executive Director of Forest Assets, College of Natural Resources

Broadening Participation in Computing/STEM Through Socially Relevant Projects
Zoom Room 2

Amy Isvik, Ph.D. Student, Department of Computer Science

Meeting Students Where They Are in Our “New Normal”
Zoom Room 3

Erin McKenney, Assistant Professor, Department of Applied Ecology

10 – 10:15 a.m.

10:15 – 10:55 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 2

Broadening Accessibility for Students With Disabilities
Zoom Room 1
Melissa Ramirez, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Claire Gordy, Assistant Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Community Engagement in STEM at NC State
Zoom Room 2

Jason Painter, Director, The Science House
Laura Bottomley, Director, The Engineering Place

Preparing For Your Career During a Pandemic
Zoom Room 3
Wes Wade, College of Sciences Career Counselor, Career Development Center

10:55  – 11:10 a.m.

11:10 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.
Concurrent Sessions 3

Zoom Room 1

Shaefny Grays, Associate Director, Community for Diversity, College of Natural Resources
Jamila Simpson, Assistant Dean for Inclusive Excellence, College of Sciences
Andy DeRoin, Assistant Director, GLBT Center

Inclusive Engagement in the Community: The Story of Sankofa Farms, LLC
Zoom Room 2
Kamal Bell, Chief Executive Officer, Sankofa Farms

Panel: How Race Impacts the Field of Science
Zoom Room 3
Mike Lewis, Education Coordinator, The N.C. Race Project, North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (moderator)
Ann Ross, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Carlos Goller, Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
Zakiya Leggett, Assistant Professor, Department of Forestry and Environmental Resources
Mwenda Kudumu, Ph.D. Student, STEM Education
Radhika Patel, Medical Student, Medical Scribe, Scribe America

Noon – 12:30 p.m.
Keynote Address
Zoom Room 1
Joseph L. Graves Jr., Professor of Biological Sciences, N.C. A&T State University