The University of Washington Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE) is TECAID’s external evaluator. In this role, they administered and analyzed longitudinal surveys of participants, and conducted observations and focus groups of participants and teams. Formative feedback was provided throughout the project and summative reports are provided annually.
Elizabeth Litzler is Director of the University of Washington’s Center for Evaluation and Research for STEM Equity (CERSE). Dr. Litzler conducts program evaluations and social science research on improving the environment for people from underrepresented groups in STEM fields. With 13 years in this field, she holds a B.A. in Communication with specializations in Spanish and Women’s Studies and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology.
Em Affolter is a Research Associate at CERSE who works on CERSE’s projects in program evaluation and resource development. Em earned her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus on Multicultural Education from the University of Washington, her M.A. in Multicultural Education from Prescott College, and her B.A. in Humanities and Spanish from Scripps College. Her dissertation explored the impact of a culturally responsive professional development intervention on teacher pedagogy. In addition to CERSE, Em concurrently works as Prescott College Associate Faculty in their Ph.D. program.