Lizabeth is an Associate Dean and a professor at Cal Poly, SLO in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering. In her current role so advocates for access and equity for undergraduates at the university. She has been teaching for 25 years and has continued to develop innovative pedagogy such as project based, flipped classroom and competency grading. Through the SUSTAIN SLO learning initiative she and her colleagues have been active researching in transformation in higher education.
Jane Lehr is Chair of the Women's & Gender Studies Department and Professor in Ethnic Studies at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. She is also Faculty Director of the Cal Poly Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority and Underrepresented Student Participation in STEM Program. She previously served as elected co-chair of the Science & Technology Taskforce of the National Women's Studies Association, and as a Postdoctoral Research Officer at the Centre for Informal Learning and Schools (CILS) at King's College, University of London. Her graduate training is in Science & Technology Studies and Women's Studies at Virginia Tech.
Emily Liptow currently works at a tech startup accelerator in Cleveland OH where she manages a coworking space and promotes community and diversity in the city's entrepreneurship ecosystem. She served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo where she was involved with a variety of diversity and inclusion efforts in the College of Engineering ranging from student support programs, faculty bias awareness trainings, and inclusive cultural change. Prior to her work at Cal Poly, received a B.S. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Ohio State University, where she was also very involved with social justice initiatives.
Monica Singer is an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer in Service to America) supporting diversity and inclusion initiatives within the college of engineering at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. There she received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology with minors in Gender, Race, Culture, Science & Technology and Child Development. She is currently a research assistant in the Advancing Cultural Change lab on campus studying students’ lived experiences with a focus on STEM disciplines. Her research interests include masculinity and implicit bias in academia (specifically in the STEM fields).
Dr. Katherine C. Chen is the Executive Director of the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). Her degrees in Materials Science and Engineering are from Michigan State University and MIT. Her research interests include pre-college engineering education and equity in education.
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