2019 STEM Cultural Colloquium

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About the Colloquium

A 1-day event hosted by STEM Collaborative Center, the 2019 STEM Cultural Colloquium: Getting at the Gap aims to bring together professionals from STEM initiatives across campus, to engage in dialogue about how to best structure and implement STEM programs for optimal levels of student success. The colloquium will focus particularly on the success of STEM students from underrepresented populations. The event includes presentations from some of UNM's esteemed leaders in STEM initiatives, and aims to provide a diverse array of perspectives on how to better meet student success objectives. The first event of its kind was hosted by STEM Gateway in 2017.

This event will be held on Friday, September 6th, from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at the Student Union Building (SUB) in Ballroom A on UNM’s main campus, and will include a panel discussion with representatives from successful programs across campus.  (Registered participants will receive breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.)

Colloquium Purpose

The colloquium’s purpose is to discuss some of the issues related to STEM education in the state for underrepresented students that do not get addressed like imposter phenomenon, sense of belonging, non-cognitive variables, micro-aggressions, self-management skills, and more. These issues disproportionately impact underrepresented students, specifically those of color, and hinders realization of their capabilities. Although this event is targeted towards stakeholders with an interest in supporting STEM students, we highly encourage all individuals interested in these topics or student success to attend.

Goals of Colloquium

  1. To better understand underrepresented populations in STEM.
  2. To increase awareness of issues that lead to the educational gaps in achievement and retention.
  3. To move beyond a conversation by developing processes, programs, and mindsets that address gap reduction.

Guest Speakers - 

Dr. Assata Zerai (Bio)

UNM Regent Sandra Begay (Bio

Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott (Bio


Colloquium emcee: Jose Villar, MBA - Sr. Program Manager, College Enrichment & Outreach Programs, University of New Mexico

Schedule - Download Full Program HERE!

8:30 am - Registration and breakfast

9 am - Welcome - Tim Schroeder, EdD - STEM Collaborative Center - University of New Mexico

9:10 - Opening - "Inclusion Today and the Promise of Innovation Tomorrow" - Dr. Assata Zerai - VP of Equity and Inclusion, UNM

9:40 am - Panel Discussion - Undergraduate STEM Student Perspective

10:25 am - "UNM’s STEM Student Murky Middle" - Yadéeh Sawyer, PhD - University of New Mexico, STEM Collaborative Center

11:10 am - Break

11:25 am - Key Note Address - "Walking in Beauty on an Ever-changing Path - a Native Woman Engineer’s Perspective" - UNM Regent Sandra Begay - Chair, STC.UNM Board of Directors; City's Director of the Environmental Health Department 

12:10 pm - Lunch and Panel Discussion - UNM Programs and Support Services - Doug Williams and Nada Abdelhack (Engineering Student Success Center), Daniel Begay (American Indian Student Services), Moises Ibarra (A&S Advisement), Dayra Fallad-Mendoza (CAPS), Yesenia Ruiz (el Centro), and Patricia Lott (African American Student Services).

1:25 - Breakout Session - Focus on Goal #3. Groups assigned based on interest indicated on the reservation form. This will begin with small group discussions, followed by a larger sharing and discussion. 

2:40 - Closing - "Raise Your Hand: A Call to Action" - Dr. Valerie Romero-Leggott - Vice Chancellor for Diversity, UNM Health Sciences Center Office for Diversity

3:10 - Thank you and evaluations - Tim Schroeder, EdD - The STEM Collaborative Center- University of New Mexico


Registration is closed. Please email Yadéeh Sawyer at yadeeh@unm.edu with any questions.