Promoting STEM & Social Justice

Jan 19, 2016

We continue to report on how STEM programs are increasing a student's interest in the field of science, technology, engineering and math. This Saturday a conference will be held in Buffalo titled STEM and Social Justice.  WBFO's Focus on Education Reporter Eileen Buckley says this year's focus is 'Girls in STEM'.

Students engaged in STEM learning at a Buffalo Public School.
Credit WBFO file photo

This Saturday's STEM & Social Justice Conference will be held at the Educational Opportunity Center on Ellicott Street in downtown Buffalo. It will run from 8:30 a.m. through 1 p.m.

The following is the agenda for the conference:

ISEP Third Annual Parent PLC Social Justice Conference: Girls in STEM: Opportunities and Challenges

January 23, 8:30-1 p.m., Educational Opportunity Center, 555 Ellicott St,

Buffalo, NY 14204

8:30-9 a.m.          Registration and continental breakfast

9 a.m.-9:15          Welcome and conference overview

9:15-9:45           Keynote Speaker: Creating STEM Opportunities for Girls: A Social Justice Issue–Liesl Folks, PhD, MBA Dean, School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, University at Buffalo

Part One:          Understanding the Challenges & Creating the Opportunities:

9:45-10:15 a.m. Session A- Monika McFoy, M.S., Executive Director, Buffalo Engineering Awareness for Minorities (BEAM), University at Buffalo

10:15 a.m.-11:15 Sessions B- Panel Discussion-

Kathleen Murphy-Project Management Office Manager CIT Network & Classroom Services at the University at Buffalo.

Dr. Heather Rudolph - Quality Engineer II at General Mills.

Veronica McCullough- Retired drafting technician & designer and distribution design representative at National Grid.

Dr. Rosa Gonzalez- Nuclear Engineering Scientist, the Chair of the Emergency Management and Fire Protection Technology Department at SUNY Erie Community College.

11:15 a.m.-11:30 Q & A

Part Two:         Advocacy and Action

11:30- Noon-  Recap of issues, formulation of key action items

Noon-12:30-    Lunch

12:30-1 p.m.-      Moving Forward: Mapping out action items