Professor of Biomedical Engineering Gilda Barabino will deliver a talk titled “A Counternarrative from a Woman of Color in STEM” as part of the ADVANCE program launch event on March 19, from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Life Sciences Laboratory South 330-340. Barabino is also dean of The City College of New York’s Grove School of Engineering and a recently elected member of the National Academy of Engineering. She is now one of only six African-American women to hold the distinction.
In addition to investigating topics related to sickle cell disease and cellular and tissue engineering, Barabino’s research explores race/ethnicity and gender in science and engineering. She consults nationally and internationally on STEM education and research, diversity in higher education, policy, workforce development and faculty development. In addition to the National Academy of Engineering, she holds memberships in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Advisory Committee for Engineering, the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine's Committee on Women in Science and the congressionally mandated Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. She is also the founder and executive director of the National Institute for Faculty Equity.
“I am so delighted that Gilda Barbarino will deliver the ADVANCE Launch Lecture,” says Associate Chancellor for Equity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer Enobong (Anna) Branch. “Her research, professional, and administrative accomplishments exemplify why a focus on faculty equity matters and highlights the aims of the ADVANCE program at UMass Amherst.”
Last August, UMass was awarded an ADVANCE Institutional Transformation grant by the NSF to support the development of an innovative professional advancement model for underrepresented faculty in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). RSVP is requested for the free, public event.