GC Digital Initiatives to Co-Sponsor “Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity”

The GC Digital Initiatives is proud to co-sponsor “Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity” with the Futures Initiative on Monday, October 31st from 1-2 PM. The official event announcement can be found below.

Flyer for Enacting a Different STEM October 31st 1-2 PM
Flyer for Enacting a Different STEM event on October 31st from 1-2 PM


Please join the Futures Initiative on October 31st from 1-2pm for Enacting a Different STEM: Building Equitable Futures Beyond “Diversity.” The discussion will include multiple perspectives on working against structural barriers to support equity and social justice in STEM, both in the academy and in industry. Space is limited, so please RSVP[cuny.us10.list-manage.com] if you hope to join us.

Schedule of Events on Monday, October 31

  • 12-1pm: Twitter Chat. Join an online discussion on the topic using the hashtag #fight4edu. The discussion will be led by HASTAC Scholars Krystal Cooper, Danielle Picard, and Leah Rankin.
  • 1-2pm: Panel Discussion, GC 9204. Join us at the Graduate Center or via livestream for a discussion with panelists Jill Bargonetti, Gillian Bayne, Andrew Rosenberg, and Sara Vogel (bios below)
  • 2-3pm: Reception and informal conversations, GC 9204. Continue the discussion over coffee and cookies.

How to Join Us

Many thanks to our co-sponsors: HASTAC, GC Digital Initiatives, the Software Studies Initiative, the Office of Educational Opportunity and Diversity, and America Needs You.

Panelist Bios

Jill Bargonetti is a Full Professor at The City University of New York (CUNY) at Hunter College and The Graduate Center in the PhD Programs of Biology and Biochemistry. In 2015 she joined the Cornell Medical Center Hunter College Belfer Research team as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology. Since arriving at CUNY in 1994 Dr. Bargonetti has received numerous awards and recognitions. In 1997 she received a National Science Foundation Career Award and also received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from President William Clinton. She was a member of the National Cancer Policy Board from 2002 until 2005 (a board of the Institution of Medicine and National Research Council of the National Academies) and currently serves as a standing member on the National Institutes of Health, Tumor Cell Biology study section until 2018. Professor Bargonetti is an expert in the fields of p53 and MDM2 biology. She has carried out extensive research on the function of wild-type p53 (which assists in the suppression of tumor cells), on oncogenic mutant p53 function (which is a tumor promoter), and on the p53-dependent and p53-independent functions of MDM2. Dr. Bargonetti has been recognized for her outreach and teaching accomplishments at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Classes she has designed include an undergraduate curriculum using p53-biology as an undergraduate biology exercise (used in Biology 302 since 1997 and now in Biology 303). She has recently developed a new movement based class called “Choreographing Genomics” (Biology 175) that uses Post-Modern dance choreographic concepts for students to explore genomics and the relationship to Cancer Biology. Dr. Bargonetti has graduated fourteen PhD recipients. In addition numerous undergraduate students have worked with Dr. Bargonetti on research projects and she has trained many undergraduates on p53 biology in the coordinated laboratory and lecture courses Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology.

Gillian Bayne is a tenured associate professor of science education, who has a dual appointment – at the City University of New York’s (CUNY) Lehman College in the Middle and High School Education Department, and CUNY’s Graduate Center in the Urban Education Department. At Lehman College, Gillian also serves as a program coordinator in the Science Education Program and is a CoPI of the STEMELL Noyce Program that is funded through the National Science Foundation. With over fifteen years of science teaching experience in New York City public and private high schools, in addition to adult basic education programs, Gillian combines her expertise and commitment to excellence with innovative teaching philosophies and practices in order to create greater equitable possibilities for students and teachers as they embark on the complex journey that is science education. Grounding her work primarily in cultural sociology, the sociology of emotions and critical pedagogy, Gillian’s research interests involve improving teaching and learning in science education through the use of cogenerative dialogues and coteaching at the high school, undergraduate and graduate levels. Another research focus involves examining the personal and professional trajectories of underrepresented scientists of color as a means to increase interest and strengthen competence in marginalized urban secondary science students’ academic and career pursuits in STEM and STEM related fields.

Andrew Rosenberg is a Research Staff Member at IBM TJ Watson Research Center. From 2009-2016, he was a professor of computer science at Queens College. He was a member of the doctoral faculties and their respective admissions committees in the computer science and linguistics programs at the CUNY Graduate Center. He directed the computational linguistics sub-program to the linguistics program from 2013-2016. He received a PhD from Columbia in 2009.

Sara Vogel is a PhD student at the CUNY Graduate Center’s Urban Education program interested in the intersection of bilingual education, social justice pedagogy, computer science education and digital media learning. She is a collaborator on the “CS Visions” project, which was recently included on a list of commitments compiled by the White House to advance nationwide Computer Science for All initiatives. She holds a Master’s degree in bilingual education from CUNY – Hunter College, and taught Spanish, technology, and literacy at a public middle school in East Harlem, New York, as a Teach for America Corps Member. Before returning to academia, she worked at the youth development organization, Global Kids, Inc, where she guided youth from diverse backgrounds to design video games and other digital media projects about local and global issues that mattered to them.