Alicia Santiago

Alicia SantiagoAlicia Santiago is a Senior Research Scientist and a cultural and diversity consultant. She has a Ph.D. in developmental neurobiology from the University of California, Davis. As a neurobiologist, Alicia studied how molecules guide the movement of neurons within an embryo. She is also a Fulbright Specialist focused on promoting diversity and increasing access to high-quality learning opportunities in STEM. As a Latina, she has a personal understanding of the importance of diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM. About 12 years ago, Alicia traded an academic life for the chance to inspire and engage more diverse youth in STEM.  Dr. Santiago also worked with Twin Cities PBS in pioneering early SciGirls programs - aimed at engaging middle school girls in STEM – in Latinx communities around the U.S. Alicia is a Co-Principal Investigator for several federally funded media and community-based outreach projects including  Latina SciGirls, SciGirls CONNECT2,  and CEREBROedu, designed to inspire and encourage STEM learning and participation for all youth and develop their interest in STEM careers.