1. Iris Wagstaff
  2. https://www.aaas.org/person/iris-r-wagstaff
  3. STEM Program Director
  4. Diverse Researchers Addressing Global Problems
  5. https://emerging-researchers.org/
  6. American Association for the Advancement of Science
  1. Allison Gonzalez
  2. Senior Program Associate
  3. Diverse Researchers Addressing Global Problems
  4. https://emerging-researchers.org/
  5. American Association for the Advancement of Science
  1. Gabriele Haynes
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/gabbi-haynes-95392b126
  3. ERN Program Evaluator
  4. Diverse Researchers Addressing Global Problems
  5. https://emerging-researchers.org/
  6. Haynes Evaluation
  1. Neela White
  2. https://www.linkedin.com/in/neela-white/
  3. Project Director
  4. Diverse Researchers Addressing Global Problems
  5. https://emerging-researchers.org/
  6. American Association for the Advancement of Science
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  • May 10, 2022 | 11:09 a.m.

    I love that you are including students with disabilities. I think we have yet to understand the intersection of race and disability in STEM.

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 10, 2022 | 11:36 a.m.

    We agree completely, thanks for watching our video and we hope to participate in more research around intersectionality, race, and ability status in STEM. 

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    Neela White

    Co-Presenter
    Project Director
    May 10, 2022 | 12:09 p.m.

    Welcome and thank you for taking the time to watch our video.  The AAAS Emerging Researchers National (ERN) Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Inclusive STEMM Ecosystems for Equity & Diversity (ISEED) Programs and funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) HBCU-Up Program.

     The AAAS ERN Conference in STEM has had positive impacts on improving science identity for students that are underrepresented minorities and students with disabilities. In addition to cultivating science identity, our video will highlight how the ERN Conference has advanced a sense of belonging and community in STEM, as well as, provided professional development opportunities to support educational and career goals.

    Please engage with us by viewing, discussing and voting this from May 10th – 17th.  We welcome all questions, comments, and feedback regarding this initiative.   

     -AAAS ERN Initiative Team

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 10, 2022 | 01:07 p.m.

    The latest assessment of the ERN Conference showed improvement on the Science Identity construct for student participants. This item used a visual representation to demonstrate how students see themselves in relation to "being scientists." Exposure to the ERN Conference has generated evidence showing students who attend the conference see themselves as scientists more strongly after their participation. This type of improvement is especially important for students that have been historically underrepresented in STEM careers. 

     

     
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    A Allen

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 10, 2022 | 02:55 p.m.

    The AAAS ERN Conference gives a platform for students to showcase their skills in STEM. Working with the conference, I impressed by the knowledge and drive the students have for their passion from biological studies to engineering. They are exposed to others with similar backgrounds around the world which gives them the drive to network, to connect, and to collaborate. As an advisor and mentor, I witnessed a change in my students' grades, motivation, and passion. To see them speak about their research topics and create their own ideas to carry the research to different levels. From this experience, they met friends from other universities, with different backgrounds, and a variety of insight about future goals. And now they are seeking ways to further their education. So this video showcases the highlights of the underrepresented and disable individuals that this conference reaches yearly. The importance of this conference is beyond measures. 

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 10, 2022 | 03:57 p.m.

    This is such wonderful feedback for us! Thank you for sharing! 

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    Iris Wagstaff

    Lead Presenter
    STEM Program Director
    May 12, 2022 | 09:45 a.m.

    Thanks so much Gabbi and thanks so much Dr. Allen for serving as a student research presentation judge and mentor over the years at the ERN Conference. We really appreciate your service and supporting our students each year.

     
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  • May 10, 2022 | 03:11 p.m.

    This is very awesome !

     
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    Neela White

    Co-Presenter
    Project Director
    May 10, 2022 | 03:53 p.m.

    Thank you for viewing our video!  

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    Frank Efe

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 10, 2022 | 06:46 p.m.

    This is very interesting, taking cognizance of the disables. Good job.

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 11, 2022 | 08:22 a.m.

    Thanks for watching and commenting! 

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    Emily Edwards

    Executive Director, IQUIST
    May 11, 2022 | 10:46 a.m.

    I love the idea of bringing young people from diverse backgrounds together in a friendly, supportive conference that includes a way for them to roadtest their professional skills, as well as discuss their research. Great work!

     
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    Neela White

    Co-Presenter
    Project Director
    May 11, 2022 | 11:22 a.m.

    Thank you for watching and commenting on our video, Emily.

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    Karen Mutch-Jones

    Facilitator
    Senior Researcher/Center Director
    May 11, 2022 | 03:04 p.m.

    Thank you for your important work to support and improve the experience of emerging researchers who are underrepresented in STEM. I appreciated your framing of the overarching challenge and needs of these emerging researchers, and description of the ERN conference as part of the response. ERN seems to be effective in supporting individuals in a multitude of ways, not the least of which is recognizing that one's scholarship and perspectives are needed and valuable.  I was especially interested in your studies of identity and community building, and I'd like to hear more about how you are defining student science identity and what having the "identify construct circles getting closer together" suggests.  Also, building community seemed like a critical support for building science identity.  How are you studying community building--what seem to be important features for creating a supportive community environment?  

    Thank you and best wishes for this work!

     
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    Iris Wagstaff

    Lead Presenter
    STEM Program Director
    May 11, 2022 | 04:08 p.m.


    Thanks so much for your comment and question Karen. Our external evaluation assesses four primary constructs: science identity, science self-efficacy and sense of belonging, and self-perceptions of resilience in STEM. We used a science identity construct from McDonald, Zeigler-Hill, and Escobar (2019) in which the student compares an image of themselves to an image of a STEM professional. The responses were converted to numeric scores that range from 1= no overlap to 7=complete overlap. The circles coming closer together indicate improved science identity with a STEM professional. Our matched pre-test/post-test survey scores showed a mean pretest score of 4.64 prior to ERN and a mean post-test score of 4.91 after ERN, which was shown to be statistically significant.


    We are providing activities that improve sense of belonging and community building at the ERN conference and throughout the year virtually. During the conference we have sessions that give students the opportunity to connect, share, support each other, get authentic advice on their research and career goals, and the opportunity to build a network of students and faculty in their specific STEM discipline as well as across disciplines. Other community-building activities are virtual engagements to help students prepare for graduate school, engage with mentors and STEM professionals, and share their research with the other students for input. We assess these community-building efforts via surveys, focus groups and interviews during the conference and throughout the year.


     
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    Karen Mutch-Jones

    Facilitator
    Senior Researcher/Center Director
    May 15, 2022 | 11:58 a.m.

    Thank you, Iris, for taking time to provide a detailed description and for helping me to understand overlap as an outcome measure.  I'll be sure to read more about this instrumentation.  How exciting, and important, for you to see positive results after ERN!  What the conference provides for students within their disciplines and for community building, more broadly, is critical...I look forward to reading your qualitative findings in the future.  Case stories (or other presentations of data) could shed light on how different supports can match different student needs; hopefully, it will support others to increase and/or improve community-building efforts.  Best wishes!

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    Catherine Horn

    Facilitator
    Moores Professor and Chair
    May 11, 2022 | 09:56 p.m.

    Iris - I couldn't be more excited by the work you are doing. One of your video participants described it beautifully - engaging all of our human capital. I would be very interested in hearing about what you've learned through implementation about key opportunities that cultivate meaningful sense of belonging for participating students. How has your program pushed boundaries in thinking about our understanding of identity development and perhaps more specifically the intersections of disability and STEM identity development? 

    Thank you for creating such critical and needed space. 

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 12, 2022 | 08:12 a.m.

    Hi and thanks for your question. The ERN conference has generated improvements in students sense of belonging by way of gathering together such a large number of historically underrepresented populations such as those that are differently-abled, students of color and female or other non-cis male- identifying individuals. When students come together and see not only other students that "look like" themselves but also others like them in leadership roles, they experience more "belonging" in STEM and they see a future for themselves. Additionally, they learn skills for networking and presenting that improve their identity as scientists, their self-efficacy in STEM and their sense of belonging in their fields. 

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    Catherine Horn

    Facilitator
    Moores Professor and Chair
    May 12, 2022 | 08:17 a.m.

    Thanks for the detail and, again, for the amazing work you are doing. Both really appreciated!

     
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    Iris Wagstaff

    Lead Presenter
    STEM Program Director
    May 12, 2022 | 03:00 p.m.

    Thanks Gabbi and thank you Catherine for this question. There are several ways that we cultivate a sense of belonging via the ERN Conference. Those including providing opportunities and spaces for emerging student researchers from diverse backgrounds to connect and have meaningful engagement with STEM professionals in all areas of STEM that look like them and who have traveled the roads they have yet to journey. These STEM professionals serve as plenary speakers, professional development session facilitators, research presentation judges, and exhibitors. We also leverage AAAS’s other programs and initiatives such as the Loreal For Women in Science Fellowship Program, the  IF-THEN Ambassadors, the Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program, the Packard Scholars, and the Lemelson Invention Ambassadors to help students develop a community and science identity. Throughout the year we have virtual events such as our interview with  Dr. Kizzmekia Corbett  early on in the pandemic to not only show our students possible career pathways and research opportunities available to them, but to assist them with dealing with the disruptions and anxiety the pandemic caused to their educational and career pursuits.

    In 2019, we expanded our existing support of students with disabilities beyond our Entry Point Program which provides academic and industry internships, to our inaugural Students in STEM with Disabilities Working Group that was convened at the ERN Conference in 2020. The goals and objectives of the Working Group, which is led by students, are to: 1) create opportunities for students to have a voice and share their needs and experiences, 2) provide a community for advocacy, 3) Co-construct a framework to serve as a resource to assist students in navigating their STEM identity development as “differently abled” emerging researchers. Some of these efforts have been operationalized over the last few years by providing opportunities for students to engage with plenary speakers such as Crystal Emery, Dana Bolles, and Shaun Kane. Additionally, in the last two years, we have established the Project on Science, Technology, & Disability, which will have as one of it’s foci the role and impact of intersectionality for students in STEM with disabilities from diverse background.

     
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    Chris Atchison

    Facilitator
    Professor
    May 12, 2022 | 08:02 a.m.

    Iris and team, thank you!!  I had the pleasure of being at the 2020 ERN. This conference is truly transformative. We have so much to learn from our students, and the ERN gives them the opportunity to be the experts, to grow in confidence, and to expand their social capital. Faculty allies and advocates, even those not entirely sure how to become allies and advocates, should consider attending and just observing and speaking with these amazing students. I would love to see the effort to engage more students with disabilities in STEM continue to grow. There are so many intersectionalities of identity that students are trying to navigate along with pursuing interests in STEM careers. ERN gives them a place to belong, helps them see that they are all scientists, and includes them in communities of support to help them become successful. The networking here will last a lifetime.  I'm so proud of you all and this important work!

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 12, 2022 | 08:13 a.m.

    We couldn't agree more, it is truly a pleasure to watch these students shine! Thank you for your comment! 

     
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    Iris Wagstaff

    Lead Presenter
    STEM Program Director
    May 12, 2022 | 03:06 p.m.

    Thanks so much Chris for your comment and thanks so much for your service serving on our Students in STEM with Disabilities Advisory board that over the last two years. We really appreciate you taking time out to engage and support our students, and share your experiences and expertise. We look forward to continue to partner with you as we expand and further our efforts to support our students. We have already started drafting a framework for how we plan to leverage efforts across AAAS that include Entry Point, the Students in STEM with Disabilities Working Group, and the Project on Science, Technology, and Disability, along with our partners to better our students in their educational and career journeys and pursuits.

     
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    Chris Atchison

    Facilitator
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    May 15, 2022 | 08:57 p.m.

    Great news, Iris!  Excited to be involved and looking forward to hearing more about the framework.  Stay well!!  

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    Omnia ElHakim

    Researcher
    May 13, 2022 | 12:41 p.m.

    Awesome! Thank you very much Iris and the team for all your efforts to support our students! The ERN conference provides the opportunity to the students to excel, gain experiences, grow and shine!  God bless you all!

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    Allison Gonzalez

    Co-Presenter
    Senior Program Associate
    May 13, 2022 | 12:50 p.m.

    Thank you for viewing and commenting on our video! 

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    Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 13, 2022 | 12:49 p.m.

    ERN Changes Lives!!

    ERN is a national leader in providing exemplary professional development for emerging scholars, particularly those from backgrounds that are often overlooked for their potential as scientists and engineers. Moreover, this venue gives students a platform to network and share their work. Kudos on an amazing body of work!!

    #STEMDiversity #STEMLeadership #Inclusive Excellence

     
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    Zakiya S Wilson-Kennedy

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 13, 2022 | 12:49 p.m.

    ERN Changes Lives!!

    ERN is a national leader in providing exemplary professional development for emerging scholars, particularly those from backgrounds that are often overlooked for their potential as scientists and engineers. Moreover, this venue gives students a platform to network and share their work. Kudos on an amazing body of work!!

    #STEMDiversity #STEMLeadership #Inclusive Excellence

     
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    Iris Wagstaff

    Lead Presenter
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    May 13, 2022 | 01:59 p.m.

    Thanks so much Zakiya for your comment and your support of our work in providing inclusive opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds in all areas of STEM to develop and hone research and scientific presentation skills that will support their educational and career goals.

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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
    ERN Program Evaluator
    May 13, 2022 | 04:58 p.m.

    Thank you so much for this feedback! We are extremely passionate about broadening participation in STEM and are so happy to hear that people feel the benefits of this amazing conference!

     

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    Arlene

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 13, 2022 | 03:05 p.m.

    I have had the pleasure of being involved in the ERN meetings since it began. It is truly a transformative  experience both for faculty and students who have participated.

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
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    May 13, 2022 | 04:59 p.m.

    Thank you, Arlene, for your efforts and your feedback! 

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    Ravanasamudram Uma

    Higher Ed Faculty
    May 14, 2022 | 01:03 p.m.

    Our students who attend ERN rightfully feel proud to be acknowledged as researchers and scientists and come back from the conference feeling energized. Thanks!

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    Iris Wagstaff

    Lead Presenter
    STEM Program Director
    May 15, 2022 | 09:45 p.m.

    Thanks so much Ravanasamudram! We are grateful to be able to provide this opportunity to so many students and look forward to continuing this effort to support and prepare the next generation of emerging researchers from diverse backgrounds!

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    Shantisa Norman

    May 15, 2022 | 11:45 p.m.

    I’ve had the pleasure off serving as a judge for past ERN conferences. It’s always exciting to engage with students, especially those presenting for the first time. The inclusiveness of the conference and enthusiasm of the students is something I always look forward to. 

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
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    May 16, 2022 | 08:21 a.m.

    Thank you, Shantisa, for your comment and for your support of ERN as a judge. We couldn't do it without people like you! 

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    Laureen Summers

    Informal Educator
    May 16, 2022 | 09:46 a.m.

    This video is such an outstanding compilation of everything that is ERN.  People with disabilities are not always included in definitions of diversity and the leaders and supporters of ERN have initiated a Working Group of Students and Professionals with Disabilities to, not only share their talents, but to listen to each other's experiences, successes and barriers, on their journeys through the education and career pathway.  ERN has created an amazing community for so many people to give voice to all their STEM experiences.

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    Laureen Summers

    Informal Educator
    May 16, 2022 | 09:46 a.m.

    This video is such an outstanding compilation of everything that is ERN.  People with disabilities are not always included in definitions of diversity and the leaders and supporters of ERN have initiated a Working Group of Students and Professionals with Disabilities to, not only share their talents, but to listen to each other's experiences, successes and barriers, on their journeys through the education and career pathway.  ERN has created an amazing community for so many people to give voice to all their STEM experiences.

     
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    Gabriele Haynes

    Co-Presenter
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    May 16, 2022 | 09:49 a.m.

    Thank you so much Laureen for your comment. We agree that it is so important to include people with disabilities in conversations and initiatives for inclusion/diversity. We also recognize how important intersectionality is for promoting equity and inclusion, especially in STEM. 

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    Allison Gonzalez

    Co-Presenter
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    May 16, 2022 | 09:50 a.m.

    Thanks, Laureen! I have so enjoyed partnering with you on the working group!

     
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  • May 16, 2022 | 01:49 p.m.

    Hear, hear! It is a pleasure to see the work of this critical effort continuing to succeed at empowering the next generation of STEM professionals and making some of the "missing millions" visible and heard. Keep up the great work, ERN Team!

     
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    Tina King

    Informal Educator
    May 17, 2022 | 12:37 a.m.

    We are on the road traveling through an area with limited connections, so we decided to combine our thoughts, since we have had similar experiences from the perspective as judges at the ERN conferences every year since its inception. This has given us the opportunity to see first-hand how students have been transformed and benefitted from doing science research in STEM in a safe, encouraging, and positive learning environment. One of the best words to describe ERN is “transformational”.   Every aspect of pre-conference webinars on how to submit abstracts, present a poster or an oral presentation helped to guide and set up students for a positive experience before coming to the conference.  Every year, we left the conference feeling hope by seeing the power of this conference because we saw the growth, learning and opportunities that increased the student’s confidence and their self-image as a professional and as an “emerging researcher”.  What impressed us the most was how, even in one weekend, we could see “change” in the student’s learning. The ERN conference sets students up for networking, immediate feedback, and the opportunity to be a bridge for the student’s “next steps”. It was so rewarding to see students grow and change from this experience at the conference, or to see a student return the following year with more poise and confidence to act as an informal mentor or role model to others.  This is truly a “giving” conference - Talk about return on investment or paying it forward! The plenary speakers touched hearts through their inspirational messages! We appreciated how ERN made it possible for students to interact with various universities, professors, and peers in the exhibit hall or during informal and formal discussions.  Many students are first generation college students, so having this opportunity to plan, to learn about grants and other research projects, and higher education goals is instrumental in helping to build success.  The positive outreach worked to provide life-changing moments for students, judges, and participants by giving a feeling of connectedness and possibilities.  It has been an honor to be part of this program! 

     
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  • May 17, 2022 | 11:34 a.m.

    What amazing work - reaching all students including students with disabilities! The community building aspect of your work is extremely important and extremely challenging to do especially in diverse spaces with diverse interests. I love that they're building holistic skills that carry over into their careers. Thank you for sharing. 

     
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    Neela White

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    May 17, 2022 | 12:10 p.m.

    Thank you for your comment, Catherine.  We are so fortunate to have amazing colleagues/advocates such as Laureen Summers to lead our work with students with disabilities. 

     

     
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    Patrice Gregory

    May 17, 2022 | 04:32 p.m.

    To echo what Dr. Malcolm said, ERN really is a gathering of family. I have served as a judge for for past ERN conferences. There is no mistaking the joy and excitement the students have when they present their research. Serving as a judge served was one of the highlights of my year. For a lot of the students, ERN is the first opportunity to present their research and to be able to do this around their peers who look like them creates a safe space for them. The conference also has amazing, motivating speakers to keep the students engaged. 

     
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    Lisa Ospitale

    Higher Ed Administrator
    May 17, 2022 | 06:38 p.m.

    What a fantastic program. In general institutions and/or conferences do not do enough for students with disabilities and what you are doing with the ERN Conference is outstanding and commendable. Thank you for your work and for including all individuals and for bringing attention to not only URM students but even more so those with disabilities. If possible could you share some specific examples of educational and professional programs that you are offering for those who specifically have a disability and are in the STEM field. I am also wondering if you have done a self-study or evaluation process and documented outcomes, are you following the progress of any of the students that attend. Thank you.

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