Diversifying the STEM Workforce: Exploration of STEM Careers and Career Pathways at NASA
Monday 11/09/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
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 second webinar, we will provide candid STEM career insights and recommendations to students interested in STEM careers using NASA as a context and inspiration.




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.

Dr. Kristina Henry Collins' research focuses on STEM identity, STEM talent development, parent engagement, and multicultural gifted education. She teaches courses in the talent development concentration and in the graduate minor in gifted and talented education. She is a graduate of the The University of Georgia, where she earned a Ph.D. in educational psychology. She also holds an Ed.S. in educational psychology from the The University of Georgia, a M.S.Ed. in mathematics from Jacksonville State University, a B.S. in engineering from the University of Alabama, and a Military Science diploma in cryptology from the United States Navy. Dr. Collins has many years of experience with STEM teaching and leading in Title I middle schools and high schools. Her professional certifications include technology education, AP computer science, and educational leadership/administration.