Director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Practices
UC Berkeley College of Engineering
Fatima Alleyne, Ph.D., is the director of Community Engagement and Inclusive Practices in the College of Engineering (COE) at UC Berkeley. She brings her passion and love for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and education into her work to develop programs that promote equity; foster a positive, inclusive culture; and increase access and opportunities to those who have historically been underrepresented in STEM. She also led a strategic planning process to guide programs and priorities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in the College. A core component of her work, Fatima engages diverse members of our campus community on the topic of DEI. Her work has been lauded by UC Berkeley’s chancellor with recognition as a Chancellor's Outstanding Staff Award recipient as well as Advising and Student Services as an Equity Champion Award recipient in 2022.
Prior to this role, Fatima started her own consulting business and served as the director of COE faculty engagement, consultant for the Center for Restorative Solutions, research general engineer at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and education and outreach coordinator at an NSF-funded research center and research specialist, both at UC Berkeley. Her commitment and passion for STEM education has led to her service on a range of committees on campus and in her community, including the development of STEM programs in K-12 schools. Fatima earned her Ph.D. and M.S. degrees in materials science and engineering from UC Berkeley and a B.A. in chemistry from City University of New York, Hunter College.
Session Title:Creating a Lab Culture that Aligns with and Perpetuates Your Values
Assistant Dean & Director
Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED)
Georgia Tech College of Engineering
Speaker Bio:Dr. Felicia Benton-Johnson is an assistant dean in the College of Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech). She has established herself as a national, leading practitioner in developing and implementing, and enhancing diversity and inclusion collaborations and programs that broaden participation in STEM fields. Her areas of expertise are development, implementation, and evaluation of practical strategies in the areas of cultivating an inclusive organizational culture, broadening participation in STEM fields at the undergraduate, graduate, post-doc, and faculty levels, fostering impactful collaborations with minority serving institutions, as well as establishing successful transfer articulation agreements that expand access to post-secondary engineering education. At Georgia Tech, she is the founding director of the Center for Engineering Education and Diversity (CEED) where she created successful programs focused on outreach, recruitment and retention of underrepresented minorities and non-traditional students in STEM.
She oversees pre-collegiate development, recruitment, transfer programs and diversity initiatives as they relate to attracting, empowering, and retaining diverse students, faculty, and staff in engineering and technology. Dr. Benton-Johnson collaborates with a variety of constituencies across the nation, such as, national, federal, local organizations, as well as with corporate entities, universities, and research centers to foster a culture of inclusion. She is responsible for all undergraduate engineering transfer programs, provides guidance to students to assist them with their academic, social, and professional success, and works with development directors to secure funding for the College. Moreover, she is responsible for the management of four institutional programs – The Research University Alliance – AGEP at Georgia Institute of Technology (RUA- AGEP @ GT), National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), the National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science, Inc. (GEM) and the Peach State Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (PSLSAMP). Since 2016 she has been a Co-PI or PI where she has successfully secured over $10,000,000 from the National Science Foundation, corporations, and foundations. She has received awards at the National and Institutional level for her contributions to broadening participation in STEM fields.
Dr. Benton-Johnson received the Mentor of the Year Award, Vice President for Institute Diversity, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2015. In 2016, CEED received the Recruitment Program Award from the National Advocates for Minority Engineering Program Administrators (NAMEPA). Additionally, CEED was recognized by Georgia Tech for its commitment to diversity in 2017 when receiving the Diversity Champion Unit Award. Dr. Benton-Johnson serves as Vice Chair for the Executive Board of Directors for the National GEM Consortium, servers on the National Materials and Manufacturing Board on Mathematical Sciences and Analytics National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and a member of the 50K Coalition Community Linkages Committee, of the National Society of Black Engineers, American Society of Engineering Education, and Women in Engineering Proactive Network.
Session Title:A Courageous Call: Allyship is a Journey
Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and OutreachNorthwestern University Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications
Robert Brown (he, him, his) serves as the inaugural Director of Diversity, Inclusion, Equity, and Outreach in the Medill School of Journalism and Integrated Marketing Communications at Northwestern University in Evanston, IL, where he works alongside students, faculty, and staff to reimagine pedagogy, policy, and programs. Previously, he served as the inaugural Director of Social Justice Education at Northwestern, where he led several curricular and co-curricular institutional social justice education initiatives. He also provides organizational development consultation and training with a focus on social justice, leadership, and organizational change. His work centers on dismantling systems of oppression through critical dialogue and reflection intertwined with theoretical concepts. Prior to joining Northwestern, Rob held professional roles in Residence Life and Multicultural Affairs at Washington University in St. Louis and University of Wisconsin –Madison.
Robert has presented and facilitated regionally and nationally on topics related to social justice education, racial justice, inclusive pedagogy, identity-conscious supervision, assessment & evaluation, college men & masculinities, and civic engagement. Rob is an alumnus of the Social Justice Training Institute (SJTI), a past faculty and intern with SJTI, Lead Facilitator with LeaderShape, and has held leadership roles in NASPA and ACPA. Robert holds a BS in Finance and Community Service Studies from DePaul University, MA in Student Affairs Administration from Michigan State University, and is currently pursuing his PhD in Higher Education Leadership at Colorado State University. He was honored to receive the 2020 DePaul University Distinguished Alumni Award for his commitment to the Vincentian mission through his leadership on equity and social justice issues. Robert’s research interests explore topics related to equity and inclusion in higher education; faculty development and critical pedagogy; and identity-conscious supervision and management. Most recently, he co-authored Identity-Conscious Supervision in Student Affairs: Building Relationship & Transforming Institutions, which was published by RoutledgeHe is a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and enjoys traveling, golfing, binge watching TV shows, cooking, watching sports, and spending time with his wife, son, and friends and family around Chicago! Rob works diligently to bring his professional experiences, research interests, and passion for social justice to life through his work as a social justice educator always seeking to create space for community building, healing, and liberation.
Communication for Identity-Conscious Mentoring
Assistant Professor of Chemistry
Caltech Division of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering
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STEM Communication Specialist & Lecturer
Caltech Division of Engineering and Applied Science
Dr. Robyn Javier is a STEM Communication Specialist & Lecturer in the Division of Engineering and Applied Science at Caltech. Her background includes a PhD in Neuroscience, an MS in Biomedical Engineering, and more than 15 years of technical communication experience in both academia and industry.
Pre-Conference Session Title:The Art of Talking Science
Associate Professor, Department of Rehabilitation Medicine
Associate Dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Training & Development for Biomedical Graduate Education
Georgetown University Medical Center
Caleb C. McKinney, Ph.D., M.P.S. is an associate professor in the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and associate dean of Graduate and Postdoctoral Training & Development for Biomedical Graduate Education (BGE) at Georgetown University Medical Center (GUMC). He is committed to advocacy and career formation of graduate students, and postdoctoral and clinical research fellows. Dr. McKinney is also a principal investigator and co-director of the NIH/NIGMS-funded Georgetown University Initiative for Maximizing Student Development (IMSD), a predoctoral T32 training program that provides interprofessional and interdisciplinary training and student development activities focused on enhancing biomedical workforce diversity. Moreover, as a GUMC co-investigator for the NIH-funded Artificial Intelligence/Machine Learning Consortium to Advance Health Equity and Researcher Diversity (AIM-AHEAD) Data Science Training Core, he designs programs for academic and community stakeholders to build workforce development initiatives that curate a pipeline of diverse individuals into data science research focused on mitigating health disparities. Dr. McKinney is also Treasurer and chair of Finance for the Board of Directors of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), having previously served as a diversity officer and board liaison for Diversity Affairs for the NPA. Dr. McKinney graduated from Cornell University with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Applied Economics and Management. He then completed his PhD in microbiology from New York University, a Master’s in Professional Studies in Design Management and Communications at Georgetown University, and the Harvard Macy Program for Educators in the Health Professions.
Session Title:Strategic Service in Service of Your Career
Assistant Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering
University of Southern California Viterbi College of Engineering
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