Brianna Gonzalez, a graduate student in the Center for Inclusive Education (CIE), was a Lighthouse Beacon at the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) Conference, held November 2-4.
Lighthouse Beacons had the entire conference paid for and received a $500 stipend. As a Beacon, Brianna was invited by Dr. Yvette E. Pearson, host of the “Engineering Change” podcast, to participate in a panel discussion, NSF AGEP Alliance: Beacons for Equity in the STEM Professoriate.
Gonzalez, a Turner Fellow and an NSF AGEP Fellow, was one of several current and past participants in the AGEP program who discussed how they have been impacted by the program, which funds teams of institutions that work together to identify, mitigate, and ultimately eradicate systemic barriers to success for STEM faculty from racially and ethnically minoritized identities while studying, disseminating, and reproducing those strategies to produce large-scale, sustainable change.
Part II of the podcast discussed the importance of institutional change. The scholars shared their advice for program officers and project leaders on programmatic strategies for advancing equity in the STEM professoriate and for new and prospective scholars on how to thrive as graduate students, postdoctoral scholars or early-career faculty members.
Download both podcast episodes at the “Engineering Change” podcast website.
Earlier this year, Gonzalez was named a 2022 recipient of the Stony Brook Foundation Board of Trustees Dissertation Completion Endowed Fellowship, which will provide her with additional funding for her last year of graduate school.