Still surviving a”STEM” sexual assault

There it was, another sign that I hadn’t gotten over it.  Last week, a colleague sent me an article via Facebook titled, CNN Sexual harassment in STEM: ‘It’s tragic for society’, and I could barely respond.  He… Continue reading

When you run out of words to express the sadness … you say what you can, rise, act, and uplift #BlackLivesMatter

This is one of those days when I have limited words, and the only feelings that I have to express the knowledge of more unarmed men being killed were these that I posted… Continue reading

Celebrating #UMBC50 with @UMBC

Born during of the civil rights movement, the University of Maryland Baltimore County celebrated its 50th birthday this weekend, and its Founders Day this afternoon. I’ve worked at several universities in various capacities:… Continue reading

Thank you ABET for the 2016 Claire Felbinger Award for Diversity @ABETaccredit #ThinkBigDiversity

It is an honor and a privilege to be named the 2016 winner of the Claire Felbinger Award for Diversity from ABET. Thank you to all who nominated me, and thank you for… Continue reading

Our article about student support: Desde la Licenciatura, hasta el Doctorado: Los sistemas de apoyos para estudiantes de posgrado en Instituciones fuera de su país y lejos de casa #ThinkBigDiversity

I’ll miss seeing my students in Puerto Rico at their research conference next month because the Ana G. Méndez University System (AGMUS) Research Symposium conflicts with some of our events in Maryland. However, as… Continue reading

In honor of both the mentees and the mentors #ThinkBigDiversity

Today, my social media pages woke up to a beautiful feature by Vanguard STEM, an organization dedicated to promoting and applauding women in STEM. I am honored to be among their honorees! Story:… Continue reading

Our Dissertation House Paper – Published in CBE Life Sciences Education

My co-authors and I are thrilled that our paper on the Dissertation House has finally been published! After 10 years of optimizing the program and gathering data, we have a full, published paper… Continue reading

Costa Rica #LACCEI w/Maryland Group #ThinkBigDiversity

This past week, our contingent from the University System of Maryland participated in international meetings that were part of the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions in Costa Rica. Our full agenda… Continue reading

The talk @UMBC, “Why Your Life Matters: Reflections from a STEM Perspective”

In the wake of #BlackLivesMatter issues, deaths of unarmed Black men, confusion, and hurt, I called my talk at UMBC “Why Your Life Matters: Reflections from a STEM Perspective.” The talk was given… Continue reading

Dark Matters: Metaphorical Black Holes & STEM Diversity – Paper Published

My husband, Dr. Damon Tull, and I  are pleased to announce that our paper with co-authors Shawnisha Hester and physicist Dr. Anthony Johnson, Dark Matters: Metaphorical Black Holes that Affect Ethnic Underrepresentation in Engineering,… Continue reading

Taiwan Discussion: Humans over humanoids, The Jessica Effect, & Women in STEM @AAAS

When I went to Taiwan for the Pacific Sciences Congress, I was able to share “The Jessica Effect” as part of a session that was sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement… Continue reading

#WomenInSTEM Social Media List, in the 35. #VanguardSTEM #ThinkBigDiversity @SciChicNews #BlackAndSTEM

Thank you to Sci Chic/ for naming me as one of the 35 “Women STEM on Social Media Stars,” (as of July 1, 2016), and thank you to Dr. Jenna Carpenter, President of… Continue reading

Global Eng. Deans Council @GEDCouncil/@Airbus Diversity Award Deadline Extended to Sept. 5, 2016

DEADLINE EXTENDED to 5 Sept. 2016! Dear Friends,  We are just returning from the 123rd Annual Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education in New Orleans, and the information below was sent… Continue reading

Bringing “The Jessica Effect” & #WomenInSTEM discussions to La Paz, Bolivia

I’m heading to Bolivia this fall, and I thank ETN Workshops for their invitation to talk about women in STEM, and women in Latin America. It will be my pleasure to present “The… Continue reading

While in Japan, Recapping Vanderbilt’s Panel on Diversity in STEM

While waiting for a flight to leave Japan and go to Taiwan, I wanted to recap some of my comments from the “Multi-disciplinary Panel Discussion on Diversity in STEM,” held at Vanderbilt University,… Continue reading

PROMISE AGEP Listed! @WhiteHouse “My Brother’s Keeper STEM+” track #ThinkBigDiversity @NSF

Originally posted on PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP:
The White House has listed the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE AGEP for Maryland, along with the University System of Maryland’s Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation…

Discussed “The Jessica Effect” in Mexico, #GS8 #ThinkBigDiversity

During the Gender Summit in Mexico, GS8, the audience was continually reminded to remember to consider women and their full lives. It was perhaps fitting that my talk on “The Jessica Effect” was one… Continue reading

Zumba, birthday, and career-life balance

I have been out of town and was able to arrive home in time to get to a late night zumba class. My gym made me feel good by welcoming me back and… Continue reading

Presenting Grad Student Retention Strategies 2/27/16 #Interventions16 #ThinkBigDiversity

Our team will have two presentations at the Understanding Interventions Conference in Philadelphia this weekend. Please join us! Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Market Street Saturday, February 27, 2016 1. Models for multi-institutional alliances:… Continue reading

Calling Emerging Scholars – Women of Color in STEM – to a conference (Travel $$) #ThinkBigDiversity @UDAdvance

Dear Emerging Scholars, My colleague, Dr. Autumn Reed, and I are presenting a session at the “Women of Color in the Academy: What’s Next?” conference in Delaware, April 29 – May 1, 2016, sponsored… Continue reading

Songs & Spirituals complete the journey. Featuring Dr. @AlexisInc w/ @Dr_TalithiaW #ThinkBigDiversity

The scene is the “after-discussion” that followed the 2016 PROMISE Research Symposium. We were a group of women – black and hispanic, part of the STEM enterprise. Among us were tiers of mentors… Continue reading

College of Engineering, Pune, India – Sharing Diversity @GEDCouncil #ThinkBigDiversity @Airbus

I had a wonderful time in India, and am now in Costa Rica. It is a pleasure to be able to share discussions of diversity in engineering and other STEM fields around the… Continue reading

In India … in saree

On this day when we celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday and legacy in the United States, I reflect on the blessing that I have to discuss diversity around the world. In discussing diversity… Continue reading

Say good-bye to self-doubt. Hello World. Hello Mission-focused action! #ThinkBigDiversity

We’re in a new year. 2016. As my pastor said in his January message, it is a new day, and you are blessed with grace-filled moments. In 2015 and even in parts of… Continue reading

Back from Australia. Today: White House work on STEM initiatives

Many thanks to all who continue to support my STEM equity and access efforts, and thanks to all who continue to invite me to participate in important conversations about STEM diversity. Following the… Continue reading

Global diversity missions yield admiration! @GEDCouncil @Airbus #DiversityAward2015 #GEDC2015 #ThinkBigDiversity @UMBC

It has been an honor to represent the US as a finalist for the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. I extend hearty congratulations to my new friend and colleague Dr. Fadi Aloul from the… Continue reading

UMBC is tackling faculty diversity – An official letter from the Provost. #ThinkBigDiversity

I love working at UMBC where issues of race and diversity are discussed, and where conversations and concerns lead to actions. This morning, UMBC sent a letter to the campus community with an… Continue reading

The Mentor Mirror: A ‘Reverse’ IDP For Mentors [@SREBDocSch/@OMOTempowered] #ThinkBigDiversity

During the Southern Regional Education Board’s (SREB) 2015 Institute For Teaching and Mentoring/Compact for Faculty Diversity, Dr. Christine Grant and I presented  a session entitled, Mentoring Graduate Students of Color, to full room of faculty… Continue reading

Beyond Being Nervous – The discussion in NY @GEMFellowship #GEMGRADLab @CIEStonyBrook

“What do you do if you’re too nervous?” This question was asked on Saturday in response to my charge to build relationships with professors during the GEM GRAD Lab at Stony Brook University… Continue reading

Thank you @GEDCouncil & @Airbus for the honor of being a top 3 finalist for the Diversity Award

It is a profound honor to have been selected as one of three finalists for the Global Engineering Deans Council & Airbus Diversity Award. I have the pleasure of being among two other… Continue reading

Operation “Flood the Gates” for Faculty Diversity: APPLY. #ThinkBigDiversity

One of the issues that we’re tackling within the ivory tower is the need for faculty diversity. Some programs are beginning to make strides with undergraduate college completion among people from underrepresented groups,… Continue reading

STEM research is humanitarian. Discussions in Chicago #ThinkBigDiversity #GEMGRADLab @GEMFellowship @NAE_DC

Today’s talk in Chicago for the GEM GRAD Lab dealt strongly with connecting to research on a humanitarian level. Many students said that they don’t see themselves as researchers, so they consider opting… Continue reading

Engineering PhDs & Diversity in the U.S. –> Disparity by the numbers: 129 out of 3,926 #ThinkBigDiversity

Over the past few months, I’ve been quoting diversity statistics for engineering as reported by the National Science Foundation. Several listeners in the audiences of my talks –  faculty, administrators, and students alike… Continue reading

Tips shared in Iowa @UIowa @GEMFellowship #GEMGRADLab: 8 Tips for Developing Relationships With Faculty

It is a pleasure to be in Iowa today to share about graduate school access, inclusion, and applications. Here are some of the tips that were shared as part of the GEM GRAD… Continue reading

Italy: Global Diversity Discussions and Reflections

Presenting at the World Engineering Education Forum in Florence, Italy brought out several issues regarding engineering perspectives on diversity and social justice. Our discussions on gender diversity in engineering featured women in the… Continue reading

Renetta Tull shortlisted for GEDC Airbus Diversity Award

Originally posted on UMBC Insights Weekly:
Renetta Tull, associate vice provost for graduate student development and postdoctoral affairs, is one of ten impressive candidates shortlisted for this year’s GEDC Airbus Diversity Award. The GEDC Airbus…

Prepping in Paris en route to Italy’s Global Diversity in Engineering & Gender Diversity in Engineering sessions. #ThinkBigDiversity

This week, I have the honor of joining my colleagues to co-lead two sessions on diversity in engineering at the 2015 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF), share in the presentation of a co-authored… Continue reading

Excited to be among the 10 global candidates on the shortlist for the GEDC Airbus Diversity Award! Thank you for your support!

Thank you to the many students, peers, colleagues and supporters for the work that you have allowed me to do! It is an honor to have been officially named as one of the… Continue reading

Stereotypes & Cultural Competency – Thoughts from the Dominican Republic

Being in the Dominican Republic and learning first-hand about issues in the island of Hispanola: Haiti + República Dominicana , all while keeping up with the aftermath of Sandra Bland’s death, the murder of… Continue reading

Child: “Christian Scientists work in religious labs” and other senryu. A thanks to Dr. Robert Deluty

It’s not everyday that a poet includes you in a book dedication. So when Dr. Robert Deluty, a beloved colleague from UMBC, included me in the dedication for his latest book, A Mingled… Continue reading

Interview w/ Kavita Krishnaswamy, @UMBC Computer Scientist, Ambassador for Disability & STEM

It is my pleasure to be one of the many mentors for Kavita Krishnaswamy, a graduate student in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at UMBC. Kavita’s doctoral advisor is Dr. Tim Oates. (Other… Continue reading

In Colorado: Barriers/Solutions to Engaging Diverse #WomenInSTEM in Global Research – #ThinkBigDiversity #WEPAN2015

Today, I am in Colorado, where I worked with my colleagues from UMBC and PR to present the “Think Big” discussion on engaging diverse women in STEM in international research efforts, as part… Continue reading

The Day After Graduation: From an Exhilarated/Exhausted Mentor/Prof – For Those Who’ve Made It, & Those Who Haven’t (yet).

As a former professor and current administrator, the day after graduation always leaves me feeling the same way – a combination of: excited, reflective, exhausted, pensive, and hopeful. I am excited  for all… Continue reading

New day, new opportunities: Letting resilience win over rejection

“Unfortunately,” “Sorry,” “Not at this time.” This time of year can be tough for those who are getting the thin letters or the short emails that say that they haven’t been accepted to… Continue reading

PROMISE Alumni Professors Give Voice to #BaltimoreUprising: Dr. Karsonya Whitehead, Dr. John Bullock, & Dr. Chris Whitt #Baltimore

Originally posted on PROMISE: Maryland's AGEP:
Our PROMISE family includes alumni who are now professors who have insight and wisdom to share regarding the unrest that we are seeing in Baltimore. We…

A thought about “Protest” behind the lines, and the video on “How to approach your grad advisor/committee if you’ve been MIA”

Earlier in the week, I wrote a post for PROMISE AGEP (“PROMISE Alumni Professors Give Voice to #BaltimoreUprising”), and yesterday, we celebrated graduates who are completing advanced degrees in Maryland. These events remind… Continue reading

Global webcast on #WomenInTech, 4/16. I’ll discuss @UMBC, @NSBE, @SHPE, @AISES, Tapia, & labs like @DrJuanGilbert #Diversity

I have been presented with a unique opportunity to discuss women in tech, and provide information on diversity in STEM. This is  a global webcast. Join us! Thursday, April 16, 10 AM PT,… Continue reading

My 12-Year @UMBC & @PROMISE_AGEP Anniversary is today. I started on April 1, 2003.

It’s humbling to remember that first day on the job at UMBC. I was excited, and ready to start a new program. They gave me an empty office, and a copy of the… Continue reading

Follow-up from the California #NSBE41 GEM GRADLab: Applying to Graduate School, Letters, & the “” reminder about emails

It was a pleasure to talk with students at the National GEM Consortium’s GRAD Lab as part of the Graduate School Conference for the 41st Annual Convention for the National Society of Black Engineers. My talk… Continue reading

“The Jessica Effect: Applying Cultural Knowledge and Competency to Mentoring Approaches for Minority Students” @FIU March 4, 2015

Abstract: “The Jessica Effect” is a conceptual method of student engagement that is being used to mentor underrepresented graduate students at the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland),… Continue reading