Diversifying the STEM Workforce: Highlighting Scientific and Technological Contributions from Historically Underrepresented STEM Professionals at NASA
Monday 11/02/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
General Public, Students, Educators K-12

NASA EPDC is committed to advancing NASA’s goal to diversify the STEM workforce by engaging and inspiring students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics and inform about career pathways towards STEM careers.

Through this focused series of webinars we intent to offer various levels of engagement that address issues of diversity and equity in STEM education and workforce – from highlighting NASA role models from underrepresented groups in STEM to in-depth exploration of research and practical strategies using NASA resources in our webinars and digital badges. These live webinars may be of interest to various audiences and are valuable as stand-alone 1 hour learning and sharing events.

In this first webinar, we highlight NASA STEM professionals from historically underrepresented groups and resources related to their stories and their work. 




Araceli Martinez Ortiz, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor of Engineering Education in the College of Education at Texas State University. She has a background in both industry and K-12 education, and now teaches and conducts research with teachers and students in engineering education as a learning context and instructional strategy. She works with traditionally underserved populations to understand challenges and solutions for improving motivation and academic readiness for student college and career success. She is the Principal Investigator of the NASA STEM EPDC.

Dr. Samuel García Jr. serves as a NASA Educator Professional Development Specialist, Assistant Professor of Practice for the LBJ Institute for Education and Research. Dr. García helps facilitate professional development to both formal and informal STEM educators utilizing NASA resources with a specific focus on Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. He also works with faculty serving in Minority Serving Institutions in developing STEM educational tools and resources for teachers to implement in their classrooms. Dr. García’s research agenda is geared towards community and educational change by creating healthy, equitable, and culturally responsive learning environments for traditionally underserved populations. Dr. García. earned both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Texas Río Grande Valley, formerly University of Texas Pan American and holds a doctorate degree in School Improvement from Texas State University.