STEM Equity Conference

Students facing the Hastings Reserve Mountains during a field trip.

Join Us!

This October 25th & 26th, 2019, join us for a conversation about increasing institutional support to ensure the success of all students pursuing STEM majors and related careers. 

  • Enjoy panels on undergraduate and transfer student perspectives, teaching methods, and academic support.
  • Connect with fellow colleagues committed to making STEM fields more accessible and equitable to all.
  • Learn what allies from the UC, CSU, and California Community Colleges are doing at their institutions to increase the support and success of all students pursuing STEM majors and related careers.

Sponsored by:

  • The Biology Scholar's Program "Expanding Undergraduate Success in STEM Project" at UC Berkeley (HHMI funded)
  • The UC System-wide Faculty Learning Community Project (HHMI funded)
  • The California Education Learning Lab (funded through the California State Governor's Office of Planning and Research)

Registration has now closed. Please refer questions about the STEM Equity Conference to Brook Yu at

Conference Agenda

Friday, October 25, 2019

5:30 pm – 7:30 pm Dinner, Welcome and Conference Overview

Saturday, October 26, 2019

8:00 – 8:45 am Refreshments
8:45 am – 9:30 am

Keynote and Opening Remarks

David Asai (Howard Hughes Medical Institute), John Matsui (UCB)

9:30 am – 10:30 am

Panel: Undergraduate STEM Student Experiences

To provide student perspectives on the challenges and opportunities to close equity gaps in STEM

10:30 am – 10:45 am Break
10:45 am – 11:45 am

Panel: STEM Gateway Courses

To share examples of inclusive practices that close equity gaps in our introductory STEM courses

11:45 am – 1:00 pm Lunch and Poster Session
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Panel: STEM Transfer Students

To share examples of inclusive practices that close equity gaps for our STEM transfer students

2:00 pm – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 pm – 3:15 pm

Panel: STEM Advising, Mentoring, and Academic Support

To share examples of inclusive practices in advising, mentoring, academic support, etc. that close equity gaps for our STEM majors

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm Reflection
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Open Mic, Future Directions, Next Steps, Wrap Up
5:00 pm – 7:00 pm Appetizers and Drinks


Conference date, time & agenda

Friday, Oct. 25 & Saturday, Oct. 26, 2019

starts at 5:00 pm, Friday

Friday evening: 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am to 7:00 pm

Is there a conference registration fee?

There is no registration fee for the STEM Equity Conference.

Conference location

International House, University of California Berkeley

2299 Piedmont Avenue, Berkeley, CA 94720-2320

Link to map, parking and public transportation information

Accessibility information

If you require an accommodation for effective communication (ASL interpreting/CART captioning, alternative media formats, etc.) or information about campus mobility access features in order to fully participate in this event, please contact Brook Yu at with as much advance notice as possible

Travel and accommodation support

Travel and/or accommodation reimbursements and support requests are available to non-UC Berkeley affiliated guests from within the state of California on a first come, first served basis. Travel and/or accommodation requests should be made through the registration form and a member of the conference planning committee will reach out with further information. 

Conference mailing list signup

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