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