Professional Development Event
Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Presentation and Reception
icon_on-demand.svgOn demand | Presented Live 2 August 2021 
Join us for lunch and a thought-provoking presentation.

From a Foundation of Hope

In order for the United States to remain competitive in the global market, it will need a diverse STEM workforce to tackle social, scientific, and technical problems that impact every aspect of our lives. Unfortunately, despite a plethora of initiatives and a surge of research activity within the last ten years, the number of Black women persisting in STEM disciplines remains low, and in some fields continues to decline. However, in order for us to turn the tides, we must start from a foundation of hope. In this talk Dr. Tamara Pearson will share the work she is doing at Spelman College, what keeps her hopeful that we are moving the right direction, and concrete way you can help.

Tamara Pearson, Spelman College

Tamara Pearson, Ph.D., is the inaugural director of the Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM at Spelman College, where she will focus on expanding opportunities for women of color in STEM through the development and implementation of high-quality programs. Prior to that, she served as associate director of school and community engagement at the Center for Education Integrating Science, Mathematics and Computing (CEISMC) at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Dr. Pearson also has a strong background in public school education. She has taught eighth-grade mathematics, served as a mathematics instructional coach, and supported multiple elementary and middle schools with facilitating professional development to help teachers utilize best practices in mathematics pedagogy. In addition, as former president of the Georgia Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (GAMTE) and current regional representative for the Georgia Council of Teachers of Mathematics (GCTM), Dr. Pearson understands the importance of engaging multiple stakeholders within Georgia around issues of access and equity.

Dr. Pearson received a bachelor of science degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science from Spelman College and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in educational technology from the University of Florida. Her dissertation explored perceived understanding of gender, race and class in discussions about technology with pre-adolescent, low-income, African American girls.

Open to all attendees.