The Undergraduate Summit

Douglass Residential College, the women’s college at Rutgers-New Brunswick, held the Summit on June 6-8, 2019 with a focus on the recruitment and retention of undergraduates and women in STEM fields, with a particular focus on women of color. Douglass has a historic strength in expanding the representation of undergraduate women in science, engineering, and technology through its Douglass Project for Rutgers Women in STEM. Founded in 1986, the Douglass Project serves thousands of students each year in programs for research, living-learning communities for women in computer science, engineering, and medicine, a STEM-only women’s residence hall, and corporate and alumnae mentoring.

The undergraduate Summit activities included formal talks offered by leading national experts provided formal talks on on diversifying the STEM talent pool, cross-institution working group sessions, networking, reflections of undergraduate students on their pathway, and discussion of best practices at each participating school. The content focuses on three themes: 1. Best practices for and new research on the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women in STEM fields; 2. Best practices for and new research on the recruitment and retention of undergraduate women of color; and 3. Best practices in program goal setting and evaluation.
The Summit was sponsored by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Rutgers University—New Brunswick, Office of the Chancellor, Rutgers University Office of Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, Rutgers University School of Arts and Sciences, Rutgers University School of Engineering, and Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Partial support for this work was provided by the National Science Foundation's Improving Undergraduate STEM Education (IUSE) program under Award No. 1927702. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

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The Speakers

Dr. Kelly Mack

Dr. Mack’s holistic approach to STEM reform is grounded in a strategic vision that foregrounds inclusion as an immutable factor for achieving excellence in undergraduate STEM education. She also completed a brief stint as Executive Secretary for the NSF Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering, which is the Congressionally mandated advisory body that supports efforts related to broadening the participation of underrepresented groups in the STEM disciplines.

Linda Suskie

Linda Suskie is an internationally recognized consultant, writer, speaker, and educator on a broad variety of higher education assessment and accreditation topics.  Her latest book is Five Dimensions of Quality: A Common Sense Guide to Accreditation and Accountability, with a foreword by Stan Ikenberry. Her previous book, Assessing Student Learning: A Common Sense Guide, is one of the top-selling books on assessment in higher education.

Dr. Talitha Washington

Dr. Talitha Washington is a tenured Associate Professor of Mathematics at Howard University. She is currently a Program Officer at the National Science Foundation in the Division of Undergraduate Education. She is interested in the applications of differential equations to problems in biology and engineering, as well as the development of nonstandard finite difference schemes to numerically solve dynamical systems.

Dr. Vicki Magley

Vicki Magley is a Professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut.  The main focus of her research combines both organizational and feminist perspectives in the study of workplace sexual harassment and incivility. Most recently, she was one of the research experts on the National Academies of Sciences consensus study on sexual harassment in academia.

Dr. Debra Joy Pérez

Dr. Pérez is Senior Vice President for Organizational Culture, Inclusion and Equity at Simmons University. Prior to joining Simmons University, Dr. Pérez was the chief evaluation and learning officer at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation. For twenty years, Dr. Pérez worked in philanthropy to strengthen measurement, evaluation and learning, design the structures and processes to support the integration of measurement and evaluation processes with program design, adaptive management and continuous learning.