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The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, hosted a White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence on December 12, 2022 at 10:00am ET.

The Biden-Harris Administration is committed to eliminating systemic barriers to participation in STEMM and ensuring that all of the American public can contribute to and benefit from science and technology. The diversity of its people is America’s global competitive advantage. As critical, transformative new science and technology investments in education, research and workforce begin to take shape, the United States has an historic opportunity to meet the President Biden’s Day 1 call to advance equity for people who have been historically underserved and leverage this once-in-a-generation moment to power a more just, inclusive, and competitive science and technology enterprise.

The White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence will bring together people from across government and businesses, civic, education, higher-ed, nonprofit, community-based, and philanthropic organizations committed to working collaboratively to build a more equitable and excellent STEMM ecosystem.

Event Agenda:

10:00 AM – 10:25 AM | Opening Remarks

  • Alondra Nelson – Deputy Assistant to the President and OSTP Principal Deputy Director for Science and Society
  • Arati Prabhakar – Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Brian Deese – Assistant to the President and Director of the National Economic Council   
  • John Podesta – Assistant to the President and Senior Advisor to the President for Clean Energy Innovation and Implementation
  • Representative Eddie Bernice Johnson – Chair, House Committee on Science, Space and Technology
  • Sethuraman Panchanathan – Director, National Science Foundation

    10:25 AM – 10:45 AM | Panel: Navigating Systematic Inequity in STEMM
  • Moderator: Alondra Nelson – Deputy Assistant to the President and OSTP Principal Deputy Director for Science and Society
  • Lilian Martinez – Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director, oSTEM
  • Nikole Collins-Puri – Chief Executive Officer, Techbridge Girls
  • Bonnie Swenor – Director, Johns Hopkins University Disability Health Research Center

    10:45 AM – 10:50 AM | A National Commitment to STEMM Equity
  • Hana El-Samad – Founding Principal Investigator, Altos Labs

10:50 AM – 10:55 AM | Vision for STEMM Equity and Excellence: Five Pillars for Transformation

  • Alondra Nelson – Deputy Assistant to the President and OSTP Principal Deputy Director for Science and Society

    10:55 AM – 11:15 AM | Panel: Promising Practices in STEMM Equity and Excellence
  • Moderator: Ellen Stofan – Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian Institution
  • Joaquin Tamayo – Chief of Staff, Office of the Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Education
  • Maria Klawe – President, Harvey Mudd College
  • Bernard Harris – Executive Director, National Math and Science Initiative

    11:15 AM – 11:20 AM | Ecosystem Pathways for Youth Underrepresented in STEMM
  • Natasha Smith-Walker – Executive Director, Project Exploration

11:20 AM – 11:40 AM | Panel: Driving Change: Building the Movement for Cross-Sector Action and Commitment

  • Moderator: Sam Gill – President and Chief Executive Officer, Doris Duke Charitable Foundation
  • Sudip Parikh – Chief Executive Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science and Executive Publisher of the Science family of journals
  • April Arnzen – Senior Vice President and Chief People Officer, Micron Technology, Inc.
  • Baroness Oona King – Vice President of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Snap, Inc.
  • David Wilson – President, Morgan State University

11:40 AM – 12:00 AM | The Transformative Power of STEMM Equity  

  • Zach Oxendine – Service Engineer, Microsoft
  • Alondra Nelson – Deputy Assistant to the President and OSTP Principal Deputy Director for Science and Society

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