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Promoting STEM & Social Justice

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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

Noon-12:30-    Lunch

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


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