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Changing the Face of STEM at the National Academy of Sciences


Changing the Face of STEM at the National Academy of Sciences

URU The Right To Be, Inc., returns to the National Academy of Sciences on June 10, 2019 to bring its engaging and interactive education and workforce development initiative, Changing the Face of STEM: The Power of Collective Impact, A Call to Action. 

Join us for engaging workshops for individuals at stages throughout the STEM pipeline as well as the unveiling of our newest project,“You Can’t Be What You Can’t See,” CFS’s Virtual Reality Education Initiative. We look forward to sharing this day with you as we redefine inclusion and equity in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine.


7:30 - 8:00 a.m.  Registration and Continental Breakfast

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  Morning Sessions

A. Roundtable: Part II – The Power of Collective Impact


     Ronald Copeland, MD, Senior Vice President, Kaiser Permanente

The need to change our STEM pipeline dynamic is obvious and urgent, as is creating collective impact to build a national movement, shift STEM education and promote workforce development. How do we bring the disability community into this important conversation?

B. Building Bridges – The Power of the Sisterhood - INVITATION ONLY

Women in STEM are their own “minority,” working in isolation to prove themselves in a man’s world. Through collegial sisterhood – black, brown and white – female voices share their journeys and conflicts working towards building a bridge which connects all women. (This will be a continuation of "The Women Gather", which starts on Saturday, June 8.)

C. Teach the Teachers 

Next to parents, teachers hold the most influential position in the life trajectories of students, which uniquely positions them to be change agents impacting students’ overall success and wellbeing. We address the reality of urban school contexts, where low-income and minoritized children are often particularly disadvantaged, and provide concrete strategies for strengthening students’ educational outcomes and quality of life.

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch Reception and Networking

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. Launch of a Virtual Reality Initiative

Launch of “You Can’t Be What You Can’t See,” CFS’s Virtual Reality Learning Experience (VRLE). This remarkable tool reinforces and enhances STEM identification by enabling students to “see” today, in real time, the STEM professionals they can “be” tomorrow.

     Opening Remarks:

            Dr. Victor Dzau, President, National Academy of Medicine

2:15 - 6:00 p.m. Afternoon Sessions

A. The Power of Collective Impact - Part II

Afternoon session for the CFS STEM Roundtable discussion. Participants will return for delivery of proposals and tabulation of results from collected discussion groups.

B. Building Bridges - Part II  - INVITATION ONLY

The Power of the Sisterhood reconvenes in the afternoon for a final session of collaboration and development of empowering female STEM networks.

C. Teach the Teachers - Part II  

STEM educators return for the second half of their day-long professional development session working on best practices for educating our next generation of learners in STEM.

D. Building a National Agenda – The Power of Investment  

Our collective actions must speak louder than our past words.  To achieve change, we must invest in the America of today  that looks increasingly like the America of tomorrow. Such an  action must be a collaboration of our people, national  foundations and corporations.

E. Youth Component 

Interactive, “hands-on” multimedia workshops to engage,  nurture and encourage the next generation of STEM  professionals. One-on-one mentorship engagement and active participation in workshops, which are as follows: Building Robots, Cyberjournalism, and Chemistry in Our World.

6:00 - 7:00 p.m. Evening Reception

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