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Spark The Mind:

Advancing the Agenda for African-Americans in STEM

"Join this national conversation on workable methods to increase the number of Africans Americans students in STEM."

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Schedule

Unless noted, all activities will take place in the DJW Auditorium
Day 1.Thursday April 4, 2018
  • 5:30 p.m. - 9 pm
    Registration for Conference Opens
    HGA Building Main Level
  • 6:15 p.m.
    Pre-Conference entertainment
  • 6:30 p.m.
    Welcome
    Dr Dwyane Smith Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs and Conference Convener Smith
    Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, President
  • 6:30 p.m. 7:10 pm
    Keynote Speaker: The Journey:
    Dr. Aprille Ericcson Aerospace engineer, NASA
  • 7:10 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
    7:15 p.m.
    Panel Discussion: STEM Inspiration
    Panelists consist of African-American STEM students from various elementary and high school students in the St. Louis region

    Finale:
  • 8:15pm-9:30pm
    Reception
    DJW Conference Center
Day 2. Friday April 5, 2019
  • 7:00 a.m. - 10 a.m.
    Registration
    HGA Main Level
    Light Breakfast
    DJW Conference Center
  • 8:00 a.m.
    Purpose
    Dr. Dwyane Smith, Provost, Convenor
    Welcome
    Dr. Dwaun Warmack, President
  • 8:15 a.m. - 9:10
    Plenary/Keynote Speaker
    #HipHopED: Bridging Theory and Practice to Advance STEM
    Dr. Christopher Emdin Director of the Science Education program and Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education.
  • 9:15 a.m. - 9:55
    Panel One
    Sparking the Mind: African-American Males in STEM:
    Panelists consist of African-American men--educators, professionals and students—who will discuss the challenges and opportunities in advancing the STEM agenda
  • 10:00 a.m. - 10:50
    National Advocacy and Policy:
    A Conversation with Dr. A. James Hicks, Program Director, Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority participation (LSAMP) National Science Foundation &Dr. Claudia Rankins, Program Director, HBCU-UP, CREST, CAREER, National Science Foundation
    Moderator, Dr. Dwaun J. Warmack, President Harris-Stowe State University
  • 11:00 a.m. - 11:50
    Sparking the Mind: Where it all begins:
    The role of early childhood, elementary and secondary education in the African-American STEM Enterprise Facilitator: Ms. Chantel Mason, STEAM and PBL Teacher, Webster Groves School District
    Perspectives from a K-12 Lens
  • 12:00 a.m. - 12:50 p.m.
    Lunch
  • 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.
    Afternoon Plenary Session Speaker: Access to STEM Education; Access to Power
    Dr. Kamau Bobb, Senior Director Constellations Center for Equity in Computing--College of Computing Georgia Institute of Technology
  • 2:00 - 2:50 p.m.
    Panel Two
    Sparking the Mind: African-American Women in STEM:
    Panelists consist of African-American women--educators, professionals and students—who will discuss the challenges and opportunities in advancing the STEM agenda
  • 3:00 — 3:50 p.m.
    Lessons Learned: Takeaway—Audience Discussion
    Moderator: Dr. Kamau Bobb
  • 4:00 - 4:30 p.m.
    Closing
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Guest Facilitators and Speakers

Aerospace Engineer, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)
Program Director, HBCU-UP, CREST, CAREER, National Science Foundation
Program Director Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP), National Science Foundation
Senior Director for Constellations, Center for Equity in Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
Associate Professor, Department of Mathematics, Science and Technology, Associate Director of the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University

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Financial Assistance Available: Awards may be granted to participants who require financial assistance in order to be able to attend conference.