Strategies for STEM—Solving the Education Equation, Part 2: Increase Student Access, Educational Equity, and Workforce Diversity

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Complimentary 1.5-hour session!
Presented by NAPE Staff: Mimi Lufkin, CEO; Ben Williams, PhD, Director of Special Projects; Meagan Pollock, PhD, Director of Professional Development
Sponsored by NAPE, STEM Equity Pipeline, and the National Science Foundation

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This webinar presents a framework to identify and implement effective strategies to increase the participation, persistence, and completion of underrepresented students in STEM and other nontraditional career preparation programs using NAPE’s Suite of Professional Development Programs and other resources. As identified in the Solving Education Equation report, there are key gaps in the participation of historically underrepresented groups in STEM, including women, men of color, Latinos, Native Americans, students with disabilities, and students from “Special Populations.” Join the NAPE staff to explore solutions to these gaps so that our communities and nation can realize the potential of every student.

In December 2015 NAPE conducted the webinar “Solving the Education Equation,” which gave an overview of the recently released report. It is archived on the NAPE website and can be viewed at report.

Intended Audience

Secondary, community college, and state-level administrators/faculty/staff and program coordinators/counselors/advisors


Participants will

  1. Learn how the NAPE Micromessaging framework for cultural change can transform educational practice
  2. Reflect on ways in which NAPE’s Suite of Professional Development Programs and other tools can improve access and success for historically underrepresented students in STEM and nontraditional career preparation programs
  3. Learn strategies to use in their CTE or STEM classroom, school or programs
  4. Plan specific action steps to address the equity needs in their educational community


Mimi original 3Mimi Lufkin, CEO of NAPE, has more than 30 years of experience as an educator and as an administrator of local- and state-level projects in California and Pennsylvania. From 1979 to 1994, she was a teacher educator, an executive director of a women’s microenterprise development agency, and the director of development for a community college. In addition to her responsibilities as CEO she works with state and local educators to implement program improvement strategies for STEM.
Ben Williams will host the May 2015 webinarAs the Director of Special Projects at NAPE, Ben Williams, PhD, manages and oversees the National Science Foundation-funded STEM Equity Pipeline 2.0 Project, which currently works with 10 states to increase the participation, persistence, and completion of girls and women in STEM secondary and postsecondary programs that lead to high-skill, high-growth, and high-demand STEM occupations.  He also manages research and evaluation in NAPE’s Program of Work.
Meagan Pollock cropped largeMeagan Pollock, PhD, is the Director of Professional Development for NAPE. In this role, Meagan leads a national team of equity professionals and the development of programs and products that build educators’ capacity to implement effective solutions for increasing student access, educational equity, and workforce diversity. Before turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, Meagan worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments.


nsf1 high res February 9, 2016 STEM Equity Pipeline WebinarThis material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-0734056 and Grant No. HRD 1203121. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.