Podcast: All Things Equity
All Things Equity engages conversations with professionals in higher education and industry at various stages in their careers, working towards equitable workspaces. Our guest panelists share their knowledge, perspectives, and experience for diversifying the professional and academic workforce in the US in an equitable way. Your hosts for this podcast are Dr. Margie Vela and Dr. Rob Rivers.
*Special thanks to Elijah Vela, composer, and performer of podcast music.
All Things Equity Hosts
Margie Vela, Ph.D. (She/Her/Hers)
Margie Vela is a researcher, educator and public servant devoted to diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) in higher education and STEM. Currently, Dr. Vela serves as Senior Project Manager for the NSF Hispanic Serving Institution National STEM Resource Hub working to implement a project aimed to bolster STEM at 539 Hispanic Serving Institutions in grantsmanship, multicultural awareness, institutional capacity building and STEM pedagogy. Dr. Vela serves the NMSU Chapter of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) Chapter as founding co-advisor and has served as a national panelist for SACNAS in DEI training as an alumnus of SACNAS Postdoctoral Leadership Institute. Her career in higher education has been in service to student at Delaware State University, a Historically Black University; and to faculty across the nation at the Hispanic Serving Institution STEM Resource Hub.
Robert Rivers, Ph.D. (He/Him/His)
Rob Rivers, PhD is a program director in the federal government. In his role as a program director he leads programs focused on increasing the diversity of the biomedical research workforce. His doctoral research focused on the study of intrinsically disordered proteins and their propensity to aggregate, and their implications in disease. He earned a Ph.D. degree in Chemistry (2008) from the University of Cambridge and a B.S. degree in Chemistry (2003) from Kentucky State University.
Episode 3: Inclusive Workplaces
Release Date: September 1, 2021
Resources and Topics Mentioned in This Episode of All Things Equity (Season 1, Episode 3)
Episode 2: Transformational Leadership for Educational Equity
Release Date: July 30, 2021
Dr. Harry L. Williams
Dr. Harry L. Williams serves as President & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF), the nation’s largest organization exclusively representing the Black College Community. TMCF’s 47 member-schools make up the publicly-supported Historically Black Colleges (HBCUs) and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBIs) which represent nearly 300,000 students.
Under his leadership, TMCF has expanded its innovative partnerships exponentially, increased organizational sustainability, deepened bipartisan support for HBCUs, and created a strong HBCU leadership engagement network. Since his tenure began in 2017, TMCF has grown its scholarship awards by over 200%, facilitating access to a college education for hundreds of HBCU students, and increased revenue three-fold.
A strategic thinker and visionary, Dr. Williams focused TMCF intentionally on talent development partnerships, forging new partnerships with leading Fortune 500 corporations including The Boeing Company, Hennessy USA, Visa, and Medtronic, while re-imagining long term partnerships with others such as Lowe’s, the NBA, and Wells Fargo. Dr. Williams’ leadership has solidified TMCF as the premier representative of the HBCU community, a hub for insight into the Black College community and the families they serve, a convener of HBCU-based researchers, and as a key partner for diverse talent and inclusion strategies.
Resources and Topics Mentioned in This Episode of All Things Equity (Season 1, Episode 2)
Thurgood Marshall College Fund (https://www.tmcf.org/)
Dr. N. Joyce Payne, Founder TMCF (https://www.tmcf.org/about-us/meet-the-team/our-board/founder/)
Justice Thurgood Marshall (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thurgood_Marshall)
Brown v the Board of Education (https://www.uscourts.gov/educational-resources/educational-activities/history-brown-v-board-education-re-enactment)
Plessy v Ferguson (https://guides.loc.gov/plessy-ferguson)
Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) (https://sites.ed.gov/whhbcu/one-hundred-and-five-historically-black-colleges-and-universities/)
Trio Programs (https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/index.html)
Upward Bound (https://www2.ed.gov/programs/trioupbound/index.html)
Ron McNair Scholars (https://mcnairscholars.com/)
Student Support Services (SSS) (https://www2.ed.gov/programs/triostudsupp/index.html)
The Privileged Poor by Anthony Abraham Jack
The Dream.US (https://www.thedream.us/)
Disparity in Wealth and Ethnicity in 2019 Survey of Consumer Finances (https://www.federalreserve.gov/econres/notes/feds-notes/disparities-in-wealth-by-race-and-ethnicity-in-the-2019-survey-of-consumer-finances-20200928.htm)
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
I Have a Dream
I've Been to the Mountaintop
Episode 1: All Things STEM Equity
Release Date: July 1, 2021
Dr. Sonia Zárate (She/Her/Hers)
Sonia Zárate is a Program Officer at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), Past-President of the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and a Master Facilitator for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN) and Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experiences in Research (CIMER). In all of these positions, she leads efforts to foster an inclusive scientific enterprise so that science is able to benefit from the potential that diversity holds. Prior to her current appointment at HHMI, she was the Director for the Office of Undergraduate Research at the University of San Diego, Adjunct Faculty at Miramar Community College, and the Associate Director for the Undergraduate Research Center-Sciences at UCLA. Sonia holds a PhD in Molecular Biology.
Resources Mentioned in This Episode of All Things Equity
(Season 1, Episode 1)
(Season 1, Episode 1)
Sonia Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Running Music: Trent Reznor, NIN