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Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

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Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Wednesday, July 31, 2019, 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM EDT

The New York Academy of Sciences, 7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich St Fl 40, New York

Diverse leaders and problem solvers are critical to fostering and accelerating creativity and innovation in STEM. But meaningful diversity will not be achieved unless we invest in efforts to make the STEM workforce more inclusive for woman and underrepresented populations.

To create a more inclusive STEM workforce, we must promote diversity at all stages of the STEM pipeline, and increase the number of people participating in scientific endeavors, both inside and outside of academia.

If we are to address the 21st century's most pressing challenges, we cannot afford a lack of diversity in the scientific workforce.

Join the Academy and Hudson River Park as we hear from a panel of diverse STEM experts who will talk about their work, the many opportunities available for students interested in exploring a STEM career, and the importance of supporting diversity in the STEM workforce.

This panel discussion is designed for high school and college students interested in STEM careers, but we encourage grad students and postdocs to attend as well in order to network with the younger students and provide them with additional opportunities to hear about STEM careers.




Karin Block
Karin Block, PhD

City College of New York


Einat Leve
Einat Leve, PhD

Columbia University

Yaihara Fortis Santiago
Yaihara Fortis Santiago, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kattering Cancer Center

Divya Venkatesh
Divya Venkatesh

Columbia University

Aisha Abdullah
Aisha Abdullah, PhD

The New York Academy of Sciences


July 31, 2019

1:00 PM


1:30 PM



Karin Block (Moderator), Associate Professor, Geochemistry
City College of New York
Elinat Leve, Volcanologist
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Columbia University
Yaihara Fortis Santiago, Manager, Postdoctoral Affairs Office
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Divya Venkatesh, Cancer Biologist, PhD Candidate
Columbia University
Aisha Abdullah, Associate Director, Global STEM Alliance
New York Academy of Sciences
2:30 PM

Networking Activity


Facilitated by Alejandro de la Puente and Science Alliance Leadership Training (SALT) participants
3:30 PM