Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults 

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Join us to learn how to combat pervasive STEM stereotypes with youth and young adults. This webinar will dig deeply into research and best practices related to addressing STEM stereotypes with older youth and young adults.

The Addressing STEM Stereotypes with Youth and Young Adults  webinar was hosted by NGCP on October 13, 2022. In this webinar recording, hear from a dynamic panel of speakers who shared strategies and resources to counter and break down STEM stereotypes. 

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Claudia Fracchiolla

APS Head of Public Engagement 

Dr. Fracchiolla is a Venezuelan native and the American Physical Society Head of Public Engagement. She has over ten years of experience in physics education research focused on informal learning spaces for fostering discipline-based identity. She has a background in astro-particle physics, with MSc from Pontificia Universidade Catolica Rio de Janeiro and Colorado State University. Later in her PhD she switched to physics education research, finishing in Kansas State University. Her research has focused on development of physics identity, from the perspective of EDI practices. She won a Marie Curie fellowship from the European Commission to conduct a 2-year research project on understanding how participation in informal physics programs impacts development of physics identity for those who facilitate them. Her view of public engagement is promoting access to physics and expanding what it means to be a physicist and what practices physicists engage in. 

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Michelle Higgins

Michelle Higgins earned a BS in Mathematics, an MS in Physics, and is currently working on a PhD in Educational Psychology with a minor in Gender and Women’s Studies. In 2012, Higgins co-founded of Imagine Your STEM Future: A STEM Mentoring Program for High School Girls that bring informal learning experiences into the formal classroom. The program has grown from one classroom of 30 freshmen girls to 140 girls representing all grade levels. As the Associate Director of UArizona’s Societal Impact, Higgins works to translate the expertise of researchers into policies, practices, and programs that benefit society and build a more diverse population of life-long STEM learners. Higgins is also active in local and national initiatives for STEM equity. She currently serves as Vice President of Membership and STEM Chair for the American Association of University Women in Arizona and is a national advisor for Twin Cities Public Media’s Latina SciGirls and SciGirls in National Parks. During her free time, Higgins can be found on the mats training in martial arts. She is a third degree black belt in Tang Soo Do and second degree black belt in Kenpo Karate. 

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