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ASU Hosts Inaugural HBCU Presidents’ Summit on STEM

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Release Date: Mar 11, 2016

Alabama State University will host leaders of some of the nation’s most prestigious and historic institutions of higher education on its campus for the inaugural NSF-sponsored HBCU Presidents’ Summit on STEM.

Historically Black College and University (HBCU) presidents from across the nation will gather on the campus of Alabama State University March 13 - 15, where ASU is hosting the inaugural HBCU Presidents’ Summit on STEM, sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

A first-of-its-kind event, the summit is a groundbreaking meeting of the minds for this diverse group of university presidents, who will explore collaborative opportunities to advance excellence, innovation and education in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) disciplines.

Featuring relevant and notable national, regional and local speakers and presenters, as well as workshops and strategic discussions, the summit will include technical assistance sessions presented by NSF facilitators and representatives from a number of topic-relevant governmental agencies.

"The HBCU Presidents’ Summit on STEM is a unique opportunity for the leaders of some of the country’s most prestigious and historic institutions of higher education to unite and seek collaborative initiatives that will level the playing field of opportunities for schools and students alike in relation to STEM academics, research and innovations," said ASU President Gwendolyn E. Boyd.

Notable Speakers & Presenters

Nationally acclaimed speakers include:

  • Dr. Freeman Hrabowski, president of the University of Maryland Baltimore County;
  • Lt. General Steven L. Kwast, commander and president, The Air University, Maxwell Air Force Base;
  • Dr. Sylvia James, director, Division of Human Resource Development, National Science Foundation;
  • Dr. Claudia Rankins, program director, National Science Foundation;
  • Hon. LaDoris Harris, director, Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, U.S. Department of Energy;
  • Darryl A. Stokes, chairman, Advancing Minorities’ Interest in Engineering (AMIE);
  • Annie Whatley, deputy director, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.
  • Dr. Shree Singh, director, ASU Center for Nanobiotechnology Research.

Renowned session presenters include:

  • Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education;
  • Johnny C. Taylor, president and CEO, Thurgood Marshall Fund;
  • Dr. Ivory Toldson, executive director, White House Initiative on HBCUs;
  • Dr. Chad Womack, director, Merck Fellowship Program & STEM Education Initiatives, United Negro College Fund.

Other presenters represent nationally and internationally recognized government/business entities such as:

  • Google;
  • U.S. Department of Energy;
  • NASA;
  • Boeing;
  • Lockheed Martin;
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency;
  • National Institute of Standards and Technology;
  • National Institutes of Health;
  • Environmental Protection Agency.

For more information on this event, please contact Dr. Legand Burge, assistant provost for Institutional Effectiveness, Alabama State University, at 334-229-4640. 



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