Diversifying STEM Workforce: An Overview of NASA Mission Resources that Celebrate Diversity
Monday 11/16/2020
6:00 pm ET
FREE 1-hour Webinar
Educators in Grades K-12
 
The NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative at
Texas State University is providing a 1-hour webinar.


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 the third of this 4-part webinar series, we will offer research-based strategies and numerous NASA resources that are designed to engage diverse learners. Join us for this free webinar!
 

Deepika is a NASA Education Specialist at Texas State University. She works to support NASA EPDC efforts nationally - both face-to-face and virtually. Deepika has worked in STEM Education in various capacities – as a researcher, educator, outreach coordinator, member of a non-profit startup, and K-8 Educator. She has enjoyed building diverse experiences in STEM education and hopes to add unique value to Educator Profession Development at NASA. Deepika has degrees in Electrical Engineering from University of Mysore, India (Bachelors), University of Maryland, College Park (Mater's), and Purdue University (Ph. D.) where she researched how to teach fundamental disciplinary concepts in Electrical Engineering.
 

Dr. Vemitra White, a native of Crawford, Mississippi, graduated with her Ph.D. in 2016 from Mississippi State University in Instructional Systems and Workforce Development. She is currently a STEM Education Specialist for NASA Marshall Space Flight Center and NASA Stennis Space Center in Alabama and Mississippi respectively. Also, Vemitra is an Assistant Professor for the LBJ Institute for STEM Education and Research at Texas State University. She is very passionate about helping students matriculate through the STEM pipeline and enjoys developing programs that help students build their self-efficacy in STEM. Her areas of specialization are: teacher and student professional development, engineering education, project management, K-12 and university collaborator, workforce readiness, and STEM engagement/preparation. Vemitra is a member of the Columbus Lowndes County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the recent award recipient of the 2019 Zacharias Distinguished Staff Award , the 2019 Bagley College of Engineering Service Award, and a newly elected executive committee member of the Pre-College Engineering Education Division, member of Phi Theta Kappa, Women's Basketball Collegiate Association, and Mississippi Educators Association. Her active participation in these organizations reveals her passion in helping others succeed. Vemitra is also a former collegiate basketball player where she played 2 years of women’s basketball at Bevill State Community College in Fayette AL and her last 2 years at the University of West Georgia in Carrollton GA. She was a 4 year Academic All American.