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May 12, 2022

Radical Collaborations to Impact DEI on STEM Pathways

An item from the folks at the National Repository of Online Courses.

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Radical Collaborations to Impact
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)
on STEM Pathways
WEBINAR | THURSDAY, MAY 19, 12:00 PM PT / 3:00 PM ET

Join us for a conversation with higher education innovators who are actively driving strategies to engage more diverse learners on STEM pathways.

We’ll explore examples of radical collaborations that are creating more equitable opportunities in STEM, encouraging institutions to rethink standard practices and empowering students to reimagine their futures.

Bring your vision and questions, as we plant seeds of possibility to germinate this summer.

Are you unable to attend? Register anyway, and we’ll send you a link to the archive.

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Jim Larimore | Moderator
Board Member, The NROC Project, and Chief Officer for Equity in Learning, Riiid Labs

Jim is a connector, catalyst, and visionary striving to promote college readiness, access, and completion while advancing social mobility, equity, and justice. As a first-generation college grad, educator, and practitioner, he believes that schools and colleges need to adapt to better serve all students, develop talent rather than sort students, and leverage both technology and people time / relationships to help people unlock their potential. In a career spanning college administration, foundation program management, and as an equity officer, Jim actively seeks collaborators and partners who share those interests and commitments.

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Michael Torrence, Ph.D. | Panelist
President, Motlow State Community College (TN)

Dr. Michael Torrence leads Motlow State Community College, one of Tennessee’s top-performing post-secondary institutions. He encourages all communities to ‘lean into the college’ so that all can go and grow together. Purposefully and passionately, he models the strength, beauty, and value of diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging.

Learn more about Michael.

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Bruce Johnson | Panelist
Dean of Math and Science, Central Piedmont Community College (NC)

Across a career as both an instructor and an administrator in community colleges, Bruce has shown a commitment to transformative teaching and learning, and a passion for enhancing student success. Bruce has managed the development and execution of college and career readiness efforts, led the design, implementation, and assessment of scholarly, diverse, and learning-centered curriculum, and developed strong partnerships within the local, regional, and national educational ecosystem. He has served as Co-Principal Investigator for a National Science Foundation (LSAMP)-funded project aimed at increasing the number of underrepresented minorities that complete high-quality degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines (the NC STEM Alliance).

Learn more about Bruce.

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Jessica Rowland Williams, Ph.D. | Panelist
Director, Every Learner Everywhere

Through her personal and educational experiences, Jessica developed a passion for improving student outcomes among underrepresented, minoritized, and poverty-affected students. Jessica has devoted her career to expanding access, increasing graduation rates, and promoting student success among students of all socioeconomic backgrounds. In her current role, she provides leadership and vision for a network of organizations with a mission to help institutions use new technology to innovate teaching and learning and to better serve Black, Latinx, Indigenous, poverty-affected, and first-generation students.

Learn more about Jessica.

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Ed Smith-Lewis | Panelist
Vice President of Strategic Partnerships & Institutional Programs, UNCF

Ed has dedicated his career to racial-justice equity, ensuring those with the most challenging educational journeys receive the support, encouragement, and engagement needed to achieve their dreams. Since joining UNCF six years ago, after serving as a program officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Ed has played a pivotal role in securing more than $50 million in funding for institutional transformation.

Learn more about Ed.

The NROC Project is a national nonprofit organization collaborating with secondary, postsecondary, and adult education leaders to develop digital courses and web-based tools that improve college readiness, retention, and success.

Meet students where they are.

The NROC Project | PO Box 222156 Carmel, CA 93922


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