In this interactive session, participants will explore strategies that they can use to build institutional capacity for diversity within STEM disciplines.Participants will learn about successful models in the School of Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh that have success in STEM. Additionally, participants will be encouraged to think of strategies that they can use to help be a part of the community that is necessary to build successful students in STEM.
Alaine M. Allen is the Director of the Pre-College and Undergraduate Diversity Programs, which includes both INVESTING NOW and Pitt EXCEL. Her responsibilities include oversight of both programs, developing relationships with professionals from the local educational and non-profit communities, maintaining relationships with administrators, faculty and other departments within the University of Pittsburgh, managing summer enrichment sessions, and interacting with student organizations within the Swanson School of Engineering. Ms. Allen has worked at the University since 1994. She was formerly the assistant director of the INVESTING NOW program, a physics teacher for the Woodland Hills School District, and a graduate research assistant for QUASAR – a math education reform project at the University of Pittsburgh Learning Research and Development Center.
Ms. Allen has a Bachelor of Science degree in physics/secondary education from Lincoln University and a Master of Education degree in policy, planning, and evaluation from the University of Pittsburgh. She has also completed graduate work in the Higher Education Management Program of the University of Pittsburgh School of Education. Her research interest involves identifying the factors that enable ethnically underrepresented students to successfully transition from high school to college.