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Library Lecture: Changing Faces in STEM: Heartwork Grounded in Service, Science, and Scholarship with keynote speaker Dr. Adrienne Stephenson

Event Start Date: 2/11/2021 6:30 PM

Event End Date: 2/11/2021 7:30 PM

Register for the Zoom link here: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_5JSXi98GSQqawHaO0vruOw

Join us for our first Library Lecture of 2021 with the NEA Big Read - Leon County Kickoff event of Lab Girl by Hope Jahren on Thursday, Feb., 11 at 6:30 p.m. Keynote speaker Dr. Adrienne Stephenson will lead a discussion of her personal journey as a Black woman in STEM and how her intersecting passions help to change the narrative of science education empowering young people to discover their highest potential. Dr. Adrienne Stephenson will be joined by Dr. Lataisia Jones to further the discussion on empowering youth in STEM. 

From Dr. Stephenson: "How often do we take time to reflect on what motivates us to do what we love most? My WHY is defined by my multiple identities and intersecting passions, Black, Woman, Scientist, Scholar, and Servant Leader. Collectively, they empower me to work to change the narrative of what a scientist looks like and give youth especially those underrepresented in STEM spaces reflections of who they can become."

This event kicks off the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read programming that will take place during February and March.  

About Dr. Stephenson

Dr. Adrienne Stephenson is the Assistant Dean of The Graduate School and Director of the Office of Graduate Fellowships and Awards for Florida State University. She is co-founder of a STEM nonprofit organization, Changing Faces, where she is involved in numerous outreach projects promoting STEM careers to K through 12 and undergraduate students. She is also a key organizer of the local International Day of Women and Girls in Science.  

About Dr. Jones

Dr. Lataisia Jones is the first African American to earn a Ph.D. from the Department of Biomedical Sciences at Florida State University. She also holds a B.S. (2010) and M.S. (2012) from Virginia State University. She has spent countless years studying cellular division, diabetes and brain development to understand diseases that affect kids. Her mission to further understand neurological disorders that affect children led her to a Postdoctoral position at Children’s National Hospital in Washington, D.C. where she studied Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dr. Jones also taught middle school students in Ghana; inspiring her to find other ways to impact the youth. She is the Founder of STEMing While Black and recently started a program called Young Scientist Wednesdays where she uses fun activities to teach science to kids at Children’s National Hospital. Dr. Jones was selected to serve as a AAAS IF/THEN Ambassador and believes that if young girls (especially girls of color) see her working in a lab or read about her achievements, they will believe in their ability to be anything they dream of becoming and more.

A part of the NEA Big Read - Leon County. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.