Changing the Face of STEM

October 24–26, 2019, UT Southwestern Medical Center – Dallas, TX

The Power of Collective Impact

URU The Right to Be, Inc. invites you to a groundbreaking, national education initiative focused on bringing together all stakeholders to develop tangible and sustainable solutions for equity and inclusion in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEM). Join us as we create a new paradigm for our nation’s youth and thought-leaders.

Sponsored in part by Intel, PwC, and Unilever

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Meet our Panel of Experts

Leaders in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEM).

  • Dr. Velma Scantlebury
    Dr. Velma Scantlebury

    Dr. Scantlebury is the first African American female transplant surgeon of the United States. She has received many honors in her career having been named to both the “Best Doctors in America” and “Top Doctors in America” lists multiple times. Dr. Scantlebury has been awarded the “Woman of Spirit Award” for inspiring others and the “Gift of Life Award” from the National Kidney Foundation. She has performed over 2,000 transplants and published many peer-reviewed papers.

  • Edward Castillo
    Edward Castillo

    Castillo earned a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from St. Mary’s University, and master’s and doctoral degrees from Rice University’s Computational and Applied Mathematics Department. “I’ve been looking at medical imaging problems since graduate school,” he says. His work focused on medical image processing, and he continued that research as a postdoctoral scholar in the Mathematics Department at the University of California (UC), Irvine.

  • Joycelyn Elders
    Joycelyn Elders

    In 1993 Dr. Joycelyn Elders became the first Black woman to be named surgeon general of the United States. During her term she significantly increased awareness about many public health issues, including unplanned pregnancies, poverty and its relationship to teenage pregnancy, HIV counseling, tobacco use, and drug and alcohol abuse.

  • Laura Bottomley
    Laura Bottomley

    Laura Bottomley is the Director of The Engineering Place for K-20 Engineering as well as the Women in Engineering and K-12 Outreach Programs for the College of Engineering at North Carolina State University. In her role at The Engineering Place, she conducts research on effective professional development for K-12 engineering education, teaching and learning of engineering in K-12 education, and mechanisms for integrated STEM teaching and learning in formal and informal classrooms.

  • Melanie E. Moses
    Melanie E. Moses

    When she arrived at Stanford University, she discovered Symbolic Systems, a highly interdisciplinary major in which she studied Computer Science, Philosophy, Artificial Intelligence and robotics. She later earned a Ph.D. in Biology from the University of New Mexico (UNM), and she is currently a Professor of Computer Science and Biology, also at UNM. She is also an external faculty member of the Santa Fe Institute, the world’s preeminent institute for the interdisciplinary study of complex systems.

  • Chris Sahley
    Chris Sahley

    Chris Sahley is a professor and associate head in the department of biological sciences at Purdue University. She is Director for the ADVANCE-Purdue Center for Faculty Success and Special Advisor to the Provost for Gender Equity. The work the ADVANCE Purdue Center or Faculty Success is directed at institutional transformation through educational programs for faculty and administrators as well as policy development with a special focus on women of color in the academy.

  • Karissa Culbreath
    Karissa Culbreath

    Dr. Karissa Culbreath is Medical Director of the Infectious Disease Laboratory at TriCore Reference Laboratories and Associate Professor in the Department of Pathology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center. In this role, Dr. Culbreath oversees the clinical service for the largest diagnostic laboratory in the State of New Mexico. She is actively engaged in research to design and evaluate new diagnostic tests for complex medical conditions. Additionally, she is passionate about providing diagnostics to rural communities throughout New Mexico and internationally.

  • Martha McGrew
    Martha McGrew

    Dr. McGrew is the Executive Vice Dean of the UNM School of Medicine and a professor in Family and Community Medicine at the University of New Mexico School of Medicine. She received her M.D. from Louisiana State University School of Medicine and completed her Family Medicine residency training there as well. Dr. McGrew completed a Faculty Development Fellowship at the University of California San Francisco Department of Family Medicine in 1988. She began her career on the faculty of Family Medicine at Michigan State University and joined the faculty of Family and Community Medicine at the UNMSOM in 1990.

  • Valeria Sinclair-Chapman
    Valeria Sinclair-Chapman

    Valeria Sinclair-Chapman’s work focuses on American political institutions, legislative politics, minority representation in Congress, and minority political participation. Broadly construed, her research examines why and how previously marginalized groups gain inclusion in the American political system.  She is author or co-author of journal articles in the Journal of Politics, Electoral Studies, Political Research Quarterly, and Politics, Groups, and Identities, as well as several book chapters and an award-winning book, Countervailing Forces in African-American Political Activism, 1973-1994 (Cambridge University Press, 2006).

  • Rashele Yarborough
    Rashele Yarborough

    Dr. Rashele Yarborough is a family physician who values both parts of her job description. A proud Howard University alumna with her MD/PhD from Yale, Dr. Yarborough enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, mentoring and serving as an advocate for her patients and her community.

event schedule

October 24–26, 2019

October 24

5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

VIP reception and book signing

Welcome Changing the Face of STEM to Dallas, film screening of Black Women in Medicine, and honoring the first African American woman organ transplant surgeon, Dr. Velma Scantlebury.

October 25

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Power of the Sisterhood

An opportunity for accomplished women in STEM who are white to critically examine their professional experiences in STEM, also exploring ally-building across racial/ethnic and cultural groupings. Moderated by Dr. Laura Bottomley, Dr. Christie Sahley, and Dr. Martha Williams.

“White women’s tears are the most powerful force” What does that mean?

Note: This event is for white women.

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

The Women Gather

Women of color vary in their backgrounds and cultures. But one aspect that remains the same, when they are seen by the dominate thought they’re just another person of color. So, why am I afraid to trust you, my sister? Moderated by Dr. Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, Dr. Rashele Yarborough, and Dr. Joycelyn Elders.

Sister to Sister: From Hurt to Healing to Loving Ourselves

Note: This event is for women of color.

October 26

08:00 a.m.

Registration and Continental Breakfast

08:30 a.m.

Building Bridges – Roundtable (Part 1)

Women in STEM are their own “minority,” working in isolation to prove themselves in a man’s world. Through collegial sisterhood – black, brown and white – female voices share their journeys and conflicts working towards building a bridge which connects all women.

Moderators: Laura Bottomley, PhD, Director, Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place, NCSU Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, PhD, Co-Lead Editor, Politics, Groups, and Identities; Director, Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue University

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Intel Autonomous Car

Sponsored by Intel

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

PwC: Essential Eight Curricula Including CODE-E, our life-size robot

Sponsored by PwC

11:00 a.m.

Workshops for Parents and Professionals

Roadmaps for your Child: Educational Milestones

While there is no single road to becoming a scientist, engineer, inventor, or mathematician, most STEM career paths share key characteristics. This workshop offers resources and a comprehensive guide to keep children on track for careers in STEM fields. Facilitated by Camille Bumbray.

11:00 a.m.

Youth Component

Interactive, “hands-on” multimedia workshops to engage, nurture and encourage the next generation of STEM professionals. One-on-one mentorship engagement and the CFS Virtual Reality Experience empower today’s students to become tomorrow’s trailblazers and innovators.

  • Create Your Own walkSTEM® (ages 11 – 18)
  • Building Robots (ages 14 – 20)
  • Dove Self Esteem Project/Workshop (girls only, ages 13-15)
  • Stethoscopes: The Heartbeat of Life (ages 8 – 13)
  • Cyber Journalists (high school/college)
  • Oculus: Virtual Reality Learning Experience (ages 14 – 18)
  • SPRK-ing Interest in Computer Science (girls only, ages 10-15)
  • Explora (ages 5-7)
  • Gift of Mobility (high school)

12:00 p.m.

Lunch

Book Signings – Master Builders of the Modern World

  • Rashele Yarborough, MD, Yale Family Medicine
  • Joycelyn Elders, MD, First Black US Surgeon General
  • Edward Castillo, PhD, Research Radiotherapy
  • Melanie Moses, PhD, Computer Science

11:00 a.m.

Building Bridges – Roundtable (Part 2)

Women in STEM are their own “minority,” working in isolation to prove themselves in a man’s world. Through collegial sisterhood – black, brown and white – female voices share their journeys and conflicts working towards building a bridge which connects all women.

Moderators: Laura Bottomley, PhD, Director, Women in Engineering and The Engineering Place, NCSU Valeria Sinclair-Chapman, PhD, Co-Lead Editor, Politics, Groups, and Identities; Director, Center for Research on Diversity and Inclusion, Purdue University

03:30 p.m.

Award of Excellence presented by Dr. Joycelyn Elders

04:00 p.m.

Post-event Fellowship and Reception

Sponsored in part by Intel, PwC, and Unilever

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