Theme: Recruiting, Retention, and Diversity

The programming listed below seeks to address the topic of Recruiting, Retention, and Diversity.

Developing your Students' Career Awareness AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Monday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Acoma A and B

Sue Ebanks, Savannah State University

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The undergraduate university years are a time for academic development; but also they are a time for transition from classroom education to self-driven learning in a career of one's choosing. However, the path ...
Broadening Participation of Minorities in the Geoscience Workforce in the Absence of a Geoscience Department ORAL SESSION
Monday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 340

Janet Liou-Mark, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Reggie Blake, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Hamidreza Norouzi, CUNY New York City College of Technology
Viviana Vladutescu, CUNY City College
Laura Yuen-Lau, CUNY New York City College of Technology

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Although the shortfall in the geoscience workforce through 2024 has been reduced from 135,00 to about 90,000, and although there has been increasing enrollment and graduation trends from geoscience programs ...
Lessons from the InTeGrate Implementation Teams: Synthesizing Real-World Experience ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

John McDaris, Carleton College
Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College

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The InTeGrate project supports the teaching of geoscience in the context of societal issues both within geoscience courses and across the undergraduate curriculum. The work of InTeGrate has included supporting 16 ...
EarthConnections ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Cathy Manduca, Carleton College
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Barbara Nagle, University of California-Berkeley
Rajul Pandya, AGU
John Taber, IRIS Consortium
Felicia Davis, Felicia Davis
Sally McGill, California State University-San Bernardino
Mark Benthien, University of Southern California
Kathy Ellins, The University of Texas at Austin
Norma Neely, The University of Texas at Austin
Garry Harris, ECO District Hampton Roads

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To develop a diverse geoscience workforce, the EarthConnections collective impact alliance is developing regionally focused, Earth education pathways. These pathways support and guide students from engagement in ...
Getting (and Keeping) Northern Colorado Students in the Door: Broadening Participation by Attracting and Supporting All Students ORAL SESSION
Monday 2:45pm Northrop Hall: 340

William Hoyt, University of Northern Colorado
Byron Straw, University of Northern Colorado
Cindy Shellito, University of Northern Colorado
Julie Sexton, University of Colorado at Boulder
Steven Anderson, University of Northern Colorado
Graham Baird, University of Northern Colorado

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Strategies to broaden participation in geosciences are varied. Many in the geosciences know we can do a better job, but how? The InTeGrate implementation program at the University of Northern Colorado (UNCo) ...
Geoscience Methods and Local Geology: Urban Teachers Engage in Authentic Experiences to Make Sense of Local Phenomena ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Candace Penrod, Salt Lake City School District

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In Utah, a western state well-known for its spectacular geology, many local elementary teachers lack the content knowledge and experience to effectively use geoscience methods to interpret natural landforms, ...
Professional Development For Community College Faculty: Lessons Learned From Intentional Mentoring Workshops ORAL SESSION
Monday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

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The Geoscience Workforce Development Initiative at UNAVCO supports attracting, training, and professionally developing students, educators, and professionals in the geosciences. For the past 12 years, UNAVCO has ...
Program Assessment ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Karen Viskupic, Boise State University

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Assessing program-level learning outcomes can drive curricular and pedagogical changes, and is likely a requirement of your institution's administration and accrediting body. We'll discuss assessment ...
Building Pathways to Geoscience Graduate Programs ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Tuesday 3:00pm-4:15pm Student Union: Mirage

Reginald Archer, Tennessee State University

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This round table discussion will focus on ways to inspire diverse talent to become the next generation of innovative leaders through advanced geoscience degrees. While lack of geoscience undergrads has been ...
Inclusion in the Geosciences-Instructional Approaches to Access and Accommodation AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Santa Ana A and B

Wendi Williams, South Texas College
Gretchen Miller, Wake Technical Community College

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A professional development opportunity for current and future K- Higher Education geoscience faculty on behalf of the International Association for Geoscience Diversity (http://www.theIAGD.org). Need strategies and ...
Working with your Colleagues to Effect Change AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College

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To institute InTeGrate principles at scales larger than a course, 16 institutional or cross-institutional teams across the country embarked on implementation efforts to use InTeGrate materials and approaches to ...
Enriching the Geoscience Community through Micro-Mentoring Practices AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Wednesday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Acoma A and B

Kelsey Bitting, Elon University

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Personal relationships with faculty mentors who encourage students to pursue their goals have a major impact on undergraduates, in outcomes ranging from academic success to general well-being after graduation. ...
COPUS findings may help explain low diversity in geoscience majors ORAL SESSION
Wednesday 3:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Jennifer Engels, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Daniela Bottjer-Wilson, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Kathleen Kane, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Barbara Bruno, University of Hawaii at Manoa

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STEM education research strongly indicates that students learn more and have lower failure rates in active learning classrooms when compared to traditional lecture-only classrooms. This is even more pronounced for ...
Opengeology.org: the first college-level and comprehensive open educational resource (OER) for introductory geology classes in the US POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Christopher Johnson, Salt Lake Community College
Matthew Affolter, Salt Lake Community College/Cottonwood HS
Cameron Mosher, Salt Lake Community College
Paul Inkenbrandt, Salt Lake Community College

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An open educational resource (OER) is a freely accessible resource such as a book with a creative commons copyright license. OER improves access to education by reducing costs. This may increase enrollment of ...
Geo-Ventures El Paso: A Gateway for Engagement, Recruitment, & Instruction POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Rob Rohrbaugh, El Paso Community College

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Fusing Introductory Field Geology with Recreational Activities as a Gateway Tool for Geoscience Recruitment, Supplemental Instruction, and Enhanced Student/Community Engagement Geo-Ventures El Paso is a ...
Employing effective strategies to improve undergraduate education in Environmental Sciences through curriculum revision at a Hispanic Serving Institution POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lixin Jin, University of Texas at El Paso
Vanessa L. Lougheed, University of Texas at El Paso
Elizabeth Walsh, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso
Lina Hamdan, University of Texas at El Paso
Maryam Zarei, University of Texas at El Paso
Guadalupe Corral, University of Texas at El Paso

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The TIERA (Training in Environmental Research and Academic Success) program was created to increase recruitment, retention, and graduation rates of Environmental Science majors at the University of Texas at El ...
Developing Research Based Laboratories for Introductory Physical and Historical Geology POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jose Cervantes, University of Texas at El Paso
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso

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In 2014, a 5 year grant from Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) was awarded to The University of Texas at El Paso to create research based labs in introductory courses in the College of Science. In the ...
Access and inclusion from the perspective of current departmental practice POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Ivan Carabajal, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus
Christopher Atchison, University of Cincinnati-Main Campus

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Many traditionally-designed geoscience courses and field-experiences are unintentionally presenting barriers to active participation for students with disabilities (SWD). As such, these barriers are potentially ...
Developing Leaders in STEM: Community College STEM Honors Program POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Barbra Sobhani, Red Rocks Community College

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In an effort to further develop our college's STEM opportunities and support diverse student populations in STEM, Red Rocks Community College committed to developing a comprehensive STEM Honors Program. The ...
The Role of an NSF Facility in supporting Education: Geodesy for Everyone through UNAVCO's Education & Community Engagement Program POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Beth Bartel, UNAVCO
Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Shelley Olds, UNAVCO
Beth Pratt-Sitaula, UNAVCO
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO

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UNAVCO manages the NSF geodetic facility (GAGE: Geodesy Advancing Geosciences and EarthScope) which includes a focused program devoted to education, outreach, communications and geo-workforce development. The ...
Examples of Tactile Aids for Teaching Introductory Geology Students with Visual Disabilities POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Kent Ratajeski, University of Kentucky

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Geology is a visually-stimulating science, and as such, presents significant challenges to students with visual disabilities. This problem is exacerbated by the explosion of visual material within introductory ...
Improving Undergraduate STEM Education: Pathways into Geoscience (IUSE:GEOPATHS)
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Brandon Jones, National Science Foundation
Lina Patino, National Science Foundation
Elizabeth Rom, National Science Foundation
Manda Adams, National Science Foundation

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Preparation of the geoscience workforce includes increasing numbers as well as providing adequate education, exposure and training for undergraduates once they enter geoscience pathways. It is important to consider ...
Characteristics and motivations of majors in a geosciences program with a large proportion of transfer students POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Joel Moore, Towson University
Ronald Hermann, Towson University
Rommel Miranda, Towson University
Kyle Hurley, Towson University

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The US demand for STEM graduates is high, and job growth for geoscience graduates is projected to be ~50% higher than overall job growth. Through the NSF-funded grant entitled TU GEO Careers (Towson University ...
Running Academic Year Pathways Research Experience Program (AY-PREP) to improve undergraduate student education for the Geological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Lixin Jin, University of Texas at El Paso
Tina Carrick, El Paso Community College
Aaron Velasco, University of Texas at El Paso
Lin Ma, University of Texas at El Paso

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Recruiting, retaining, and preparing the next generation of diverse geoscientists requires exposing students to the wide-range of career opportunities and emerging geoscience topics and environmental issues through ...
Improving Geoscience Career Awareness for Urban Undergraduates POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Stefany Sit, University of Illinois at Chicago
Ben Alsip, University of Illinois at Chicago
Danielle Petkunas, University of Illinois at Chicago
Jenny Bueno, University of Illinois at Chicago
Kathryn Nagy, University of Illinois at Chicago

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As the demand for talented geoscientists continues to grow, there is a pressing need to attract talented young scientists from all ethnic, cultural, and racial backgrounds. Urban centers can potentially serve as a ...
Care and Feeding of Transfer Students: a First-Semester Seminar Helps Students Thrive POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

C. Suzanne Rosser, Texas A & M University
David Sparks, Texas A & M University
Julie Newman, Texas A & M University

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Transfer students from community colleges make up a large and increasingly important share of undergraduate geology majors. These students are regarded as upperclass students by themselves and the university, but ...
Establishing a Sequence of Three CURE Courses in Biogeochemistry POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Jonathan Schmitkons, Binghamton University
Joseph Graney, Binghamton University
Nancy E. Stamp, Binghamton University
Megan Fegley, Binghamton University

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Binghamton University's Freshman Research Immersion (FRI) Program aims to improve student persistence in STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Mathematics) majors by augmenting their academic studies with the ...
Assessment in Paradise: Using Data to Drive Undergraduate Geoscience Initiatives and Programmatic Changes POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Michael Guidry, University of Hawaii at Manoa
Tiffany Tsang, University of Hawaii at Hilo

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For many students in Hawai'i, higher education begins in the University of Hawaii's Community Colleges (UHCC) with these students eventually transferring to a four-year university after receiving an ...
Engaging and retaining students in the geosciences at two-year colleges (2YC) through undergraduate research POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Kusali Gamage, Austin Community College
Hugh Daigle, The University of Texas at Austin
Chammi Miller, The University of Texas at Austin

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Though research has been recognized as a high impact, inquiry-based practice to engage and retain undergraduate students, it is largely underutilized in the first two years of instruction. At two-year colleges in ...
Programs that Broaden Participation in the Geosciences in the El Paso Region POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Annette Veilleux, University of Texas at El Paso
Tina Carrick, El Paso Community College
Diane Doser, University of Texas at El Paso
Laura Serpa, University of Texas at El Paso

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The Geological Sciences Department at the University of Texas at El Paso has always aimed to broaden the participation of all grades levels (K – 12 to undergraduates) in the geosciences. Increased awareness may ...
How are people from underrepresented groups represented in introductory Earth Science textbooks? POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Karen Koy, Missouri Western State University

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There is a low level of recruitment and participation of underrepresented groups, including women, ethnic minorities, and LGBTQA people in the Earth Sciences. That underrepresentation becomes more severe with each ...
Weaving Together Native Cultural Knowledge and Western Science to Support Diverse Students' Learning about the Earth POSTER SESSION
Wednesday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Holly Godsey, University of Utah
Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
William Tsosie, Navajo Nation Historic Preservation Department
Amanda Cangelosi, University of Utah
Bennie Begay, University of Utah
Candace Penrod, Salt Lake City School District

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The University of Utah's Center for Science and Mathematics Education conducted a series of teacher workshops on Math and Earth Science from Navajo (Diné) and Western Perspectives in order to promote ...
Building Pathways for Success: Supporting Student Transfer from Two-Year Colleges to Four-Year Colleges and Universities WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Acoma A and B

Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary
Norlene Emerson, University of Wisconsin - Richland
Jan Hodder, University of Oregon

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Nearly half of all undergraduates in the US begin their college educations at two-year colleges. Given the importance of community colleges in the academic pathways of so many undergraduate students, what can we do ...
Place, Cultural Context, and Geoscience Teaching WORKSHOP
Thursday, Friday 8:30am-11:30am Student Union: Fiesta A and B

Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus
Roberto Ibarra, University of New Mexico-Main Campus

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We teach about the Earth in and by means of places, which are localities given meaning by human experience, and thus are cultural features embedded in the physical landscape. On the first day, participants in this ...
Geology Transfer Scholars: A GEOPATHS Program Supporting Incoming Transfer Students Through an August Field Course ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:30pm Northrop Hall: 116

Kim Hannula, Fort Lewis College

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Although many of the Fort Lewis College (FLC) geology graduates (38%) originated as transfer students, they have historically taken an extended time to graduate (on average, 3.7 years at FLC after transferring). ...
What is Implicit Bias and How to Counteract It AFTERNOON MINI WORKSHOP
Thursday 1:30pm-4:00pm Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Catherine Riihimaki, Princeton University

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Implicit bias describes when we have attitudes towards people or associate stereotypes with them without our conscious knowledge. Cognitive science research shows that everyone has implicit biases, sometimes in ...
Factors that Influence Two-Year College Student Transfer Intent and Geoscience Degree Aspirations ORAL SESSION
Thursday 1:45pm Northrop Hall: 116

Ben Wolfe, University of Kansas Main Campus

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Colleges and universities are facing greater accountability to identify and implement practices that increase the number of two-year college (2YC) students who transfer to four-year institutions (4YC) and complete ...
Expanding the perspective and offerings of the Traveling Workshop Program ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 340

Rory McFadden, Gustavus Adolphus College
Cathy Manduca, Carleton College

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The Traveling Workshops Program (TWP) has been strengthening departments and courses by offering workshop opportunities for departments and groups to examine such topics as program design, curriculum mapping, ...
Building Pathways to STEM Careers in Geoscience and Environmental Science through the Colorado Community Colleges ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:00pm Northrop Hall: 116

Patrick Shabram, Front Range Community College
lesley smith, The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES)
Anne Gold, University of Colorado at Boulder
Donna Charlevoix, UNAVCO
Aisha Morris, National Science Foundation
Kelsey Russo-Nixon, UNAVCO
Max Miller, Front Range Community College

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Colorado's adult population ranks second in the nation for college degrees and ninth for income levels, yet Colorado's educational achievement gap for low-income, first generation, and minority students ...
A Joint 2YC-4YC Research Methods Course to Increase Transfers and Improve Success ORAL SESSION
Thursday 2:15pm Northrop Hall: 340

Karen Kortz, Community College of Rhode Island
Dawn Cardace, University of Rhode Island
Jennifer Davis, Bryant University
Duayne Rieger, Community College of Rhode Island
Brian Savage, University of Rhode Island

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Faculty at the Community College of Rhode Island and the University of Rhode Island developed a geoscience research methods course targeted at students who have completed one introductory geology course. This ...
A Pueblo Indian Sense of Place PLENARY TALK
Thursday 4:30pm-5:45pm Student Union: Ballroom C

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Speaker Greg Cajete, University of New Mexico An exploration of a Pueblo Indian sense of place as represented through images, metaphors and activities in the landscape of New Mexico. The focus will be on Pueblo ...
Using InTegrate Materials to Strengthen Geosciences Across the Curriculum ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION
Friday 1:30pm-2:45pm Student Union: Mirage/Thunderbird

Richard D. Schulterbrandt Gragg III, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

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This session will explore the use of InTeGrate curriculum materials and faculty development workshops to strengthen infusion of Earth literacy throughout the curriculum. The value of culturally competent materials ...
Paying Paleoclimatology Forward: an academic multigenerational journey linking professional development to curriculum development POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Tom Gill, University of Texas at El Paso
Joe Collins, Texas A & M University - San Antonio

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The first author has long taught climate science and earth sciences at University of Texas- El Paso (UTEP), a research-oriented minority-serving institution (MSI) with majors in Geology and Environmental Science. ...
Using Design Patterns as a Strategy for Capturing Generalizable Knowledge from Educational Interventions POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Kim Kastens, Columbia University in the City of New York
Cailin Huyck Orr, Carleton College

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A design pattern is a reusable solution to a problem that recurs repeatedly as people try to navigate through life. The concept began in architecture and has spread to many other fields. We think that the design ...
Supporting and Advancing Geoscience Education in Two-Year Colleges (SAGE 2YC): Building a Foundation for Change through a Network of Regional Communities of Practice POSTER SESSION
Friday 3:00pm-4:00pm Student Union: Ballroom B

Ellen Iverson, Carleton College
John McDaris, Carleton College
Carol Ormand, Carleton College
Heather Macdonald, College of William and Mary

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One goal of SAGE 2YC: Faculty as Change Agents is to develop regional communities that can promote a cycle of change through activities that allow members to share experiences, synthesize expertise, and document ...
Post-Rendezvous Saturday Field Trip: Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
Saturday 8:45am-2:00pm

Steven Semken, Arizona State University at the Tempe Campus

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Join us on a post-Rendezvous field trip to the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque to learn about the history, culture, and art of the 19 Pueblos of New Mexico. The Indian Pueblo Cultural Center is a ...