May Expert Panel: Broadening Participation in STEM by Focusing on Identity Development

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Description: This month’s theme and webinar will focus on identity development and its importance and relationship to persistence in STEM for underrepresented minorities. The projects highlighted will address challenges and barriers to identity development, illuminate best practices and disseminate impacts to advance the body of work in this area. We look forward to your participation!





Iris Wagstaff

Iris R. Wagstaff, PhD is a chemist, STEM education researcher, science policy advisor and DEI consultant with over 20 years of experience working in all four sectors (industry, academia, government, and non-profit) leading efforts to broaden participation in STEM at the K-20 level in both formal and informal settings. Her research focuses on advancing motivation in STEM (science identity, sense of belonging and STEM career intent). She currently serves as a STEM Program Director at the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she manages a ~$30 Million Dollar portfolio focused on broadening participation in STEM, advancing innovation capacity at HBCUs, and supporting low-income and underrepresented minority undergraduate and graduate STEM researchers. In this role, she also serves as PI and Co-PI on five NSF-funded awards. She is Founder and Executive Director of Wagstaff STEM Solutions, an education and DEI consulting firm. >> View Iris Wagstaff's Video


Daniel McGarvey

Daniel McGarvey, PhD is an Associate Professor and the Director of the Graduate Program in the Center for Environmental Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. His research program includes stream ecology, fisheries science, community and ecosystem ecology, biogeography, macroecology and ecological modeling. He is particularly interested in quantifying emergent patterns within freshwater communities, such as network structure and body size (allometric) scaling. The broader impacts of his work encompass the intersection of ecological science with environmental law, visual communication of scientific content, and making environmental science a more diverse and inclusive discipline. >> View Daniel McGarvey's Video

Preeti Gupta

Dr. Preeti Gupta serves as the Senior Director for Children, Family and Youth Programs and Research is responsible for strategic planning, program development, human capital development and research and evaluation for out of school time youth initiatives at the American Museum of Natural History. >> View Preeti Gupta's Video


Gabriele Haynes

Gabriele Haynes, PhD, is founder of Haynes Evaluation and is a Senior Associate at Kate Winter Evaluation, LLC. She received her Masters in Program Evaluation from the University of Melbourne in Australia and her PhD in Education and Leadership from the University of the Virgin Islands. Haynes has worked with major NSF initiatives (e.g., ADVANCE, HBCU-UP, S STEM) since 2015, as well as other federal and privately funded initiatives. Haynes' areas of evaluation expertise include broadening participation in STEM, college student access and retention, professional and leadership development for faculty, and institutional cultural change. Haynes co-authored a chapter in Culturally Responsive Strategies for Reforming STEM Higher Education by Mack, Winter and Soto in 2019 and was a research fellow, publishing findings for Cultivating and Supporting Puerto Rican Colleges and Universities: An Association for the Study of Higher Education Institute with Puerto Rican Higher Education Leaders Presented by Ascendium in 2021. She currently lives in Puerto Rico where she works closely with Hispanic Serving Institutions on the island and in the US. >> View Gabriele Haynes's Video


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