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In Colorado: Barriers/Solutions to Engaging Diverse #WomenInSTEM in Global Research – #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

Discussions from the WEPAN Presentation, with UPR faculty Dr. Cristina Pomales & Dr. Patti Ordóñez.

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Today, I am in Colorado, where I worked with my colleagues from UMBC and PR to present the “Think Big” discussion on engaging diverse women in STEM in international research efforts, as part of the 2015 WEPAN (Women in Engineering ProActive Network) conference. . Parts of the conversation are recorded on Twitter with the hashtag #ThinkBigDiversity, and there are also some blog posts on (The next #ThinkBigDiversity session will be held at the PROMISE AGEP SSI 2015, on August. 15, 2015).

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While ideas were captured online this morning (and more are coming in), there were other thoughts that were shared by the audience orally during the presentation, through different interactive methods.

In this post, I will repeat some of the questions, and…

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Dr. Patti Ordóñez invites all to the SHILAC Hackathon during @WEPAN #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

Dr. Patti Ordóñez invites the community to come to San Juan, Puerto Rico in November 2015 for the Symposium of Health Informatics in Latin America and the Caribbean & Hacking Medicine in the Caribbean, SHILAC 2015. The first SHILAC meeting was held at the LACCEI conference in Mexico in 2013. Patti was one of the speakers for “The Jessica Alert” session at the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM session in 2012. For more about SHILAC, see:


The message of “ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM” continues at national conferences in June 2015. #STEM @CienciaPR

Although the NSF’s funding for the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project has ended its cycle, the messages from the project is being shared at national conferences: Career-life balance,  importance of attention to family, negotiation, networking, and research dissemination.  Contributors to papers and presentations include the following:

ADVANCE AWIS – Association of Women in Science Meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2015: Dr. Beatriz Zayas (UMET)

WEPAN – Women in Engineering ProActive Network, Broomfield, CO, June 2015: Dr. Cristina Pomales (UPRM), Dr. Patricia Ordonez (UPRR), Dr. Beatriz Zayas (UMET), Dr. Renetta Tull (UMBC). This panel was developed by UMBC’s Dr. Autumn Reed, who is part of the ADVANCE team at UMBC within the Office of the Provost.

ASEE – American Society for Engineering Education, Seattle, WA, June 2015: Dr. Lourdes Medina (UPRM), Dr. Renetta Tull (UMBC) [also includes Dr. Quincy Brown (Bowie State), Michelle Beadle-Holder (University of Maryland College Park), and Yara Medina (UMBC).]

Dr. Beatriz Zayas presented the PR ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project @AWISNational #ADVANCE15

Dr. Beatriz Zayas (UMET), Co-PI of the former ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project, was a presenter for the Networking session at the ADVANCE 2015 AWIS National Meeting in Baltimore last week. Dr. Zayas spoke about the PR project, and its effects on the women faculty involved, particularly related to career-life balance, and job satisfaction.

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ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Video

Our video from the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project:



The ADVANCE Women in STEM Project in Puerto Rico is a partnership between Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) and University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)  that is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF). While the speakers in the video represent their particular NSF ADVANCE project, they do not speak for all of the ADVANCE projects in the US, and they do not speak for the National Science Foundation as a whole.

Travel funds: Sweden, Brazil, Maryland … Biomed, Stats … Apply

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Please apply for these conference opportunities that include travel funds:

STEM Women of Color Conclave! June 2014 (Travel Award Deadline, April 28)


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Dear Members of the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Network. You are invited to apply for a travel award to attend  the 2014 STEM Women of Color Conclave, a program of the Society of STEM Women of Color, Inc.


From the Executive Director, Dr. Kelly Mack:

I am pleased to invite you to register for the upcoming STEM Women of Color Conclave, to be held in Washington, DC on June 7-9, 2014.  This year, we celebrate the anniversary of the fifth Conclave.  As you may be aware, the fifth anniversary is associated with wood as it identifies strength and a solidified relationship.  Indeed, we feel fortunate to have had such a rich opportunity to have formed both professional and personal relationships with all of you; but this year, we’d like to focus on STRENGTH, individual and collective, within and outside of the academy…understanding it, fortifying it, utilizing it to better serve higher education and the nation’s demand for a diverse STEM workforce.  We feel that this year’s line-up of plenary speakers, thought mapping sessions and opportunities for networking are ideally suited to not only empower, but also strengthen and transform us for the journey. 

All information related to the Conclave, including information about registration, hotel, meeting logistics, and travel awards, can be accessed at the website:  


Please apply for a travel award. Special features at the conference will be shared by email. Contact Dr. Beatriz Zayas or Dr. Renetta Tull for these details.




Apply today for MIT’s “Education DesignShop” – May 3-4, 2014

Through our PROMISE AGEP  and ADVANCE collaborations with the World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), we invite you to apply for  MIT’s Education DesignShop, sponsored by MIT’s Office of Digital Learning.

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The program includes faculty, staff, and students, and is slated to employ “design thinking” and “user-centered design” to address three distinct topics:

1) Curriculum Re-Design for STE(A)M – Science, Technology, Engineering, (Arts), and Mathematics

2) Motivational Structures In & Out of the Classroom

3) Resources and Support Structures for Retention & Diversity


Slots are limited. Registration is free. Please apply, and if you are selected, we will work with you to offer suggestions for travel funding.

This is a unique opportunity to “think outside of the box” and have some, new, and different experiences. Please apply: The deadline for applications is April 16, 2014.

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Travel Awards & Extended Early Registration: Understanding Interventions 2014 Conference in Baltimore! May 16-18!

Dear Participants of the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Network,

Many of you have asked about opportunities to participate in conferences, and funding mechanisms for opportunities. Today, we have an event to share! Please see the information below regarding the May 2014 Understanding Interventions conference in Baltimore (UI 2014). This conference is a wonderful resource for learning about other ways to increase student, postdoc, and faculty participation in STEM, especially for underrepresented populations. This conference primarily attracts faculty and administrators, but they come from all over the country. In addition, several program officers from DC’s agencies are often present as observers or speakers. This conference can be a great resource for new information, motivation, and networking.


Please consider an application for the travel award! The details are below, and the application for the travel award is very short, and probably won’t take more than 30 minutes to complete. Our evaluators for the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project, Dr. Frances Carter, and Dr. Angela Byars-Winston, have participated in this conference. I have also participated in the past. This conference also draws other participants from a variety of programs such as NSF, NIH, NASA, etc. Please see the information that the program organizers sent below. This conference was discussed at the national ADVANCE meeting in Virginia. I have copied it here for your convenience. Again, please strongly consider an application for the travel award. I’ll look forward to seeing you there!

Kind regards,

Renetta Tull


Content of the message below is the property of UI 2014

6th Annual Conference on Understanding Interventions that Broaden Participation in Research Careers

May 16-18 2014
Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel
Baltimore, MD

Travel Awards Available

A limited number of travel awards are available for attendance to the 2014 Understanding Interventions Conference. These awards will cover conference registration and related hotel costs. While we will provide support to individuals at all stages of their professional development, priority will be given to graduate students, postdocs, and junior faculty.

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ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM – Puerto Rico Conference Part 2 – March 2014

We are pleased to announce the registration for our ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM conference is now online. Invited faculty and guests are receiving their invitations to register. All invitees should refer to their email messages for additional details. Please click the orange button below to register. All participants, speakers, and staff members should register.

Eventbrite - ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM Networking Conference, Part II - Spring 2014

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This is the second workshop of the ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM project. This 2nd NETWORKing Workshop to Address Academic Advancement of Hispanic Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is organized by Universidad Metropolitana (UMET) in collaboration with the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) as a continuation of the first workshop held in 2012. The primary goal of this project is to provide a forum that will lay the groundwork for scientifically documenting the issues and concerns the advancement of Hispanic women in the STEM academic pipeline and to establish the networks that can address these concerns on a broader national level. This conference will include women faculty in STEM fields in Puerto Rico, deans, university presidents, and other administrators, representing institutions from the Ana G. Mendez University System (Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez), the University of Puerto Rico System (Universidad de Puerto Rico), and the InterAmerican University of Puerto Rico System (Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico (UIPR)).

Conference Venue:

Sheraton Convention Center Hotel

200 Convention Boulevard

San Juan, Puerto Rico 00907

Phone: (787) 993-3500

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