NSF Summit Pushes STEM Out of its Box to Embrace Art, Inclusion, Early Exposure as a Community Change Agent

CECH will host a conference focused on diversity within STEM education and careers.

During the fall of 2016, the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services (CECH) received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), one of only nine other recipients across the country.  The grant totals in $250,000 and will fund the majority of the Social Change Innovation Summit conference CECH will be hosting on March 2-4, 2017.  The event will take place at the Kingsgate Marriott Conference Center at the University of Cincinnati and will host 200 participants.  These attendees will consist of regional and national leaders who are interested in increasing diversity within STEM education and careers.  STEM education focuses on the learning in four areas: science, technology, engineering, and math, and is a program that the CECH School of Education diligently supports.

The Social Change Innovation Summit conference will give participants the opportunity to explore barriers, successes, best practices, and cutting-edge research alongside recognized experts from across the United States.  The summit will provide attendees the knowledge support an organization and collective movement with the goals to initiate social change centered on STEM education.  Executive philanthropy advisor Shiloh Turner stated, “We all have a role to play in community impact to achieve shared goals and, when we work together, we have a much stronger chance of actually making large scale social change happen.”

Dr. Kathie Maynard, principal investigator, stated, “This convention will create deeper engagement locally to drive an elevated strategy of STEM education and careers.  We want to replicate the models working in Cincinnati using our national networks and this summit.”  Maynard expects about two-thirds of attendees to be local to Cincinnati, and many representatives from regional organizations with a track record of social change. The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, StrivePartnership, United Way of Greater Cincinnati, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Hailes, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, Partners for a Competitive Workforce, Greater Cincinnati STEM Collaborative, and Design Impact are part of the grant and conference. Other organizations with an effective collective-impact imprint will also participate, including Agenda 360, Green Umbrella, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Success by 6, and Skyward.

For more information or to apply to attend the conference, visit cech.uc.edu/NLH or call (513) 556-5745.