Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE)

January 13, 2015 —


Front and Center: Bringing Marginalized Girls into Focus in STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE)


Thursday, January 15, 2015
9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.


Georgetown University Law Center
Gewirz Student Center, 12th Floor
120 F Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001


9:00 – 9:10 a.m.
Opening Remarks
Valerie Jarrett
, Senior Adviser to President Barack Obama and Chair of the White House Council on Women and Girls
Introduction: Peter Edelman, Professor and Faculty Director, Center on Poverty and Inequality, Georgetown University Law Center

9:10 – 10:30 a.m.
Setting the Context

Moderator: Njema Frazier, Diversity Science LLC

Part I: Youths’ Stories
Katrina Burch, Coretta Scott King Young Women’s Leadership Academy
Ivana Nunez, Queens Vocational High School

Part II: Discussion
Angelicque Tucker Blackmon, Innovative Learning Concepts LLC
Jo Handelsman, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
Jane Margolis, UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
Elements of Promising Programs at the High School/Post-Secondary Level and Remaining Challenges

Moderator: Rosalind Hudnell, Intel Corporation
Donnie Hale, Education Effect, Booker T. Washington High School, Florida International University
Shirley McCall, TransSTEM Academy, Cardozo Education Campus, District of Columbia Public Schools
Ericka Senegar-Mitchell, McKinley Technology High School, District of Columbia Public Schools

11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Potential Policy Levers
Moderator: Johan E. Uvin
, Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
Catherine E. Lhamon, Office for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
Alejandra Ceja, White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, U.S. Department of Education
Terri Boyer, Rutgers University, Center for Women and Work
Francoise Jacobsohn, Equal Rights Advocates
Mimi Lufkin, National Alliance of Partnerships in Equity

1:15 – 1:30 p.m.
Luncheon Keynote Address

Aprille Ericsson, National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Introduction: Anurima Bhargava, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Informational Mini-Talks: After-School Programs for Marginalized Girls

Angela Calabrese Barton, GET City
Linda Kekelis, Techbridge
Kimberly Scott, CompuGirls

1:45 – 2:00 p.m.
Closing Announcements: New Initiatives to Increase Marginalized Girls’ Access to STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE)
Ellen Lettvin
, Office of Innovation and Improvement, U.S. Department of Education
Karen Peterson, National Girls Collaborative Project
Kimberly Scott, CompuGirls


This event is sponsored by the Center on Poverty and Inequality at Georgetown Law, the White House and the U.S. Department of Education.

This conference will bring together federal, state, and local agencies, service providers, researchers, the private sector, and youth to discuss policies and programs that will help increase access to STEM and Career and Technical Education (CTE) by marginalized girls, including low-income girls and girls of color.

Media interested in attending should email

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