2022 Virtual Women of Color Summit

The WEPAN Virtual Women of Color Summit took place November 16, 11am-6pm ET.

WOCS workshops provide a platform for women of color in the STEM fields and their allies to network, engage in authentic discussions, and share best practices.

Keynote Speaker

Saundra Johnson Austin, Ed.D. has dedicated her career to promoting diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging in secondary and post-secondary education and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).  Her research is grounded in the effective implementation of STEM curricula in urban middle schools. She has published and presented on STEM education and organizational change and leadership. Dr. Johnson Austin has career experience in the education, industry, non-project, and policy sectors, and has been recognized by numerous organizations for her work in promoting equity and access to STEM education. She is a member of various STEM organizations including the United States White House-endorsed initiative, Algebra by 7th Grade, and is an advisory committee member for the Smithsonian Science Education Center’s ‘Zero Barriers in STEM Education.’
The 2022 WOCS program contains session descriptions and speaker bios
Opening Keynote
Opening Keynote

Saundra Johnson Austin, Ed.D
Project Coordinator, FL-AGEP, University of South Florida President and CEO, Charis Consulting Group

The Women of Color in Engineering Collaborative (WCEC)

  • Roberta Rincon, Ph.D. - Associate Director of Research, Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
  • Rochelle Williams, Ph.D. - Chief Programs Officer, National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
  • Dayna Martinez, Ph.D. - Director, Research & Innovation, Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)
  • Bianca McCartt - Talent Pipeline Development Leader, GE Aviation

NSF Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships

  • Parvathi Chundi, Ph.D. - Program Director, Directorate for Technology, Innovation, and Partnerships, National Science Foundation

High-5 Lightning Talk: Sharing the Lives of Women in Engineering Through Wikipedia Edit-a-Thons

  • Helen Choi, J.D. - Senior Lecturer, Engineering in Society, Viterbi School of Engineering, University of Southern California

Featured Panel: AAC&U Incubator Convergence Fellows


  • Lavern Currie - Founder, Drivingo; DoD SMART Scholar, Air Force Research Laboratory; Ph.D. Candidate, Industrial and Systems Engineering, Virginia Tech
  • Aarti Kuver, Ph.D. - Founder, AKScientist; Co-Founder and Editor in Chief, AKJAM Publishing
  • Jin Kim Montclare, Ph.D. - Founder, TIEN Professor; Director for the Convergence of Innovation & Entrepreneurship Institute, and co-Director of Computationally Designed-Genetically Engineered Materials, Tandon School of Engineering, New York University

Program Leaders and Session Hosts

  • Kelly Mack, Ph.D. - Vice President for Undergraduate STEM Education, American Association of Colleges and Universities
  • Shanalee Gallimore, Ph.D. - Postdoctoral Fellow, Office of Undergraduate STEM Education, American Association of Colleges and Universities

Advancing DEI for URM Women in STEM Graduate Programs

  • Melissa Smith, Ph.D. - Associate Dean, Inclusive Excellence and Graduate Studies, Clemson University
  • Tonyia Stewart - Director, Graduate Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence, Clemson University
  • Andrew Edmunds, Ph.D. - Coordinator, Graduate Recruitment and Inclusive Excellence, Clemson University

Things Will Never Be the Same: The Intentionality of Change

  • Whitney Gaskins, Ph.D. - Assistant Dean of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement, College of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Cincinnati

Registration Rates

Member Registration Rates
WEPAN Member: $25
WEPAN Member - Postdoc/Community College/K-12/Retiree: $15
WEPAN Member - Student: $10

Non-member Registration Rates

Note: If you are not an individual member and your institution is a member, you can access member pricing.

Non-Member + 1 year WEPAN Membership (Value $200): $100

Non-member - Postdoc/Community College/K-12/Retiree + 1 Year Membership (Value $125): $50
Non-member - Student + 1 Year WEPAN Membership (Value $100): $25
Non-Member without WEPAN Membership: $75


This event is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Directorate for Technology, Innovation and Partnerships, TIP.

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