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Closing the Racial Gap in STEM: An Interactive Webinar Series

June 2, 2021 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm


Join the KC STEM Alliance in this five-part series of conversations to explore the ways our region is moving to close the racial gap in STEM.

Moderated by Andrea Ellis, Director of Strategic Learning for The Kansas City Public Library, the interactive series will look at key influences and stories of successes and failures at each stage of STEM education—from kindergarten through high school. Panelists will include community and corporate partners, mentors, parents, teachers, students and STEM professionals.

Join us from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on consecutive Wednesdays as we answer your questions, explore what’s working and why, and identify gaps and consider how to address them.

The schedule:

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 2
The Middle School Experience

featuring a keynote from Philania Johnson, class president and valedictorian of the Paseo Academy of Fine and Performing Arts High School class of 2020 and a freshman at University of Missouri-Kansas City;

Britany Mojica, Lead Fabrication Instructor at MindDrive;

Crystal Farris, Director of Youth and Family Engagement at the Kansas City Public Library; and

George Walker of the Black Family Technology Awareness Association.

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The rest of the series:

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 9
The High School Years

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. June 16
From Theory to Practice: STEM in Action featuring Samara Herrera Crawford, Director of Community Partnerships for SchoolSmart Kansas City

Who should attend?

Teachers, administrators, mentors, students, out-of-school program providers, community partners, managers, club leaders, students, parents/family, professional networks and allies—all are welcome and encouraged to attend.

You can attend the full series or a single topic of interest as your schedule allows.

A time-limited replay of this series will be available, but we encourage you to attend live if you are able. A resource list and a comprehensive report will be published afterward.


June 2, 2021
11:30 am - 12:30 pm
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United States


KC STEM Alliance
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