Social Justice and STEM

Integrating Social Justice and STEM: Engaging Advocacy and Equity within your Field
Friday, March 6
3:00 PM
Sassafras Room
Track: Empowerment


How are science and technology used to perpetuate injustices? What steps can STEM innovators and experts take to disrupt these injustices? This workshop will discuss the connections between STEM and systemic injustices, and create action plans for advocacy and equity-minded work within these fields.



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Francesca Williamson

Francesca Williamson is a doctoral candidate at Indiana University Bloomington in the Curriculum and Instruction and Inquiry Methodology programs, with specializations in Science Education and Qualitatative Inquiry. Her current interests relate to (1) language-use and culture in STEM education contexts and (2) how future faculty and leaders in STEM disciplines develop as effective, equity-oriented educators, mentors, and community-engaged experts.


Kerrie Wilkins-Yel

Kerrie Wilkins-Yel, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Counseling & School Psychology at the University of Massachusetts Boston. Her research interests lie at the intersection of vocational psychology and social justice advocacy as it relates to advancing academic and career development in communities of color, women - particularly women of color in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) - and cross-cultural groups.


Perla Peña Palomino

Perla Peña Palomino is a fourth-year graduate student pursuing a PhD in a Biochemistry. Her particular interest is in combining structure biology and biochemical approaches to neuroscience. She is involved with the IU Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) chapter, the I CAN Persist in STEM Initiative for Women of Color, and the Latino Graduate Student Association. In these communities she has served as a member, President, Vice-President, Scholar and as part of a Leadership Team (LT). It is through these communities that she has enjoyed outreach to other students from minority and non-minority backgrounds.


Allissa Parks

Allissa Parks is a recent graduate of the Biochemistry program at IU. Her research interests are in the effects and response of light on cyanobacteria. Allissa has served on the Leadership Team for the I CAN PERSIST STEM Initiative as Undergraduate Instructor and Outreach Coordinator.