Meet Our Panelists

The Digital Divide - Digital Literacy & Access to Technology and Workforce Pathways for Underrepresented People in STEM Fields

As a longtime advocate for increasing diversity in STEM, Stephanie Alphee moved to Maryland to serve as an Americorps VISTA with MOST in 2015. Since that time, Stephanie has worked to grow and support youth initiatives at organizations across Maryland including  4-H, the Girl Scouts of Central Maryland, the VoloCity Kids Foundation, University of Maryland Baltimore, and most recently, at the Digital Harbor Foundation.

In her current role as Tech Extension Manager at Digital Harbor Foundation, Stephanie leverages her years of experience toward expanding the capacity of out-of-schooltime programs that provide STEM experiences to youth.

The New York native earned her Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Stony Brook University, where she was an active member of the Women in Science and Engineering Honors Program. 

Courtlandt Butts is a lifetime educator and 25-year advocate for equity and social change. He has consulted, trained and educated c-suite executives, school systems, faith-based organizations and municipal entities domestically and internationally spanning over 10 countries. Since 2007, Mr. Butts has led, Equity, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) efforts as the Director of Government & NGO Partnerships for Courageous Conversation, a racial equity consulting firm located in San Francisco, CA. Founded in 1992, the firm has led school districts, post-secondary institutions, government, and NGO’s in leadership efforts that transform systems into racially conscious and socially just environments. Such a transformation nurtures optimal organizational health and the limitless potential of all individuals, empowering them to live their most powerful and impactful lives.

For the past several years, Courageous Conversation has answered the call to engage other paradigms whose aim is to achieve racial equity by accessing global opportunities, the corporate arena, and law enforcement. Mr. Butts was instrumental in leading training opportunities for the executives and staff of The Institute for Courageous Conversation About Race at Unitec Institute of Technology in Auckland, New Zealand. He supported the firm’s CEO and fellow staff in transformational work with corporate entities such as Weiden+Kennedy and Google. Mr. Butts has led multiple initiatives in the company over the years and has directed efforts to increase racial consciousness with law enforcement institutions in the United States and Australia. Having studied various religions and forms of spiritual development, Mr. Butts has partnered with faith-based organizations to contextualize their respective doctrines as they engage in efforts of social change.

His appreciation for various forms of diversity began as a youth but was significantly accelerated as an instructional aid for Gretchen Everhart School for Exceptional Children. It was further augmented as Project Director for Camp Adventure, an international youth services program that led him to work abroad in as many as 11 different countries, primarily in Japan, Spain, Germany, and China. His passion for teaching students, experiential education, and technology led to his significant leadership and involvement in broadcasting the first ever

global webcast for the International Institute for Peace through Tourism held in Amman, Jordan. This global conference hosted by UNESCO involved educators, dignitaries, and administers of governments from more than 60 different countries.

Mr. Butts’ call, to social justice work, continued as he was a tenure track professor in the Education Department at Spelman College in Atlanta, GA., where early childhood and secondary programs placed special emphasis on urban education, within a conceptual framework that promoted advocacy, culturally responsive pedagogy, professional teaching and dispositions. He continues to serve the local community by providing aquatic services as a leadership level trainer for the YMCA and American Red Cross, as well as, SCUBA diving instruction for underrepresented populations, including diver candidates with special needs. Recently, Mr. Butts was led to leave his position at the beloved company for which he worked 13 years, and follow a path of his own creation, giving way to the forming of LifeGuardian Worldwide, LLC.

Dr. Reggie Smith III is the Chief Operations & Innovation Officer of the Black Girls Dive Foundation, Inc. The foundation is a nonprofit science education organization, which exposes girls and young women to Science, Technology, Robotics, Engineering, the Arts, Mathematics and Scuba (STREAMS) though aquatic-based recreation, research, and career opportunities. He previously served as the Chief Executive Officer / Executive Director of the United States Distance Learning Association (USDLA).

He was the first African-American president and then chairman of USDLA in 2009 and 2010 respectively, has been recognized for his distinguished service in supporting distance learning to include the USDLA Hall of Fame Award, Black Engineer of the Year Award for Community Service, Federal Government Distance Learning Association’s (FGDLA) Hall of Fame Award, FGDLA Pillar Award, Virtual World Association’s Excellence Award and the Action Hero’s Award from the Missouri Association of Community Task Forces. In 1993, he also received a letter of commendation from then-N.Y. Mayor David Dinkins for supplying emergency programming during the asbestos crisis in N.Y. city schools.

A recognized authority on media and telecommunications issues, he has served as presenter, keynote or judge at various events and conferences, including the Honorable G. K. Butterworth’s Mobility A Game Changer for African-American Communities Braintrust, the VIRTUAL EDUCA International Conference, the e-Learning Conference & Expo, the TeleCon East, West & European Expos, the Technology 2010 Conference, the Third & Fourth Annual Youth Summits, the 22nd Black Media Coalition’s Conference, the 23rd Annual Pacific Telecommunications Council Conference, the 2003 Excellence in e-Learning Awards, the 17th Annual Local CableAce Awards, the Montgomery County Public School Media Festival, the State of Maryland School Media Competition, as well as a host of others.  In addition, he serves as the Board Chairman for Patriots Training Technology Center (PTTC – www.patriots-ttc.org) reaching over 1,500 students per year with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming and a Board Trustee for Berkeley College (www.berkeleycollege.edu), which enrolls approximately 8,000 students including more than 900 international students in its Baccalaureate and Associate degree and Certificate programs.

Dr. Smith received his B.S. in English Communications from Lincoln University in PA, his M.A. in International Management from the University of Maryland University College, and his Ph.D. in Education from Capella University. He has been featured and profiled in several magazines, newspapers, and television/multimedia programs reaching an audience of millions to include C-SPAN, Black Enterprise, Diverse Issues in Higher Education, USA Today, Year in Computing, Education Week, eLearn,Videoconferencing Insight, e-Learning, Profiles, the Achiever, the Washington Sun, the Root, U.S. Black Engineer and Information Technology and Teleconference magazine.

Samantha Musgrave is the Executive Director at Project Waves, whose mission is to bridge the Digital Divide in Baltimore and beyond by creating, advocating for, and implementing equitable solutions that connect the under-connected and help individuals, families, and communities thrive. Project Waves envisions a world in which everyone is able to participate fully in society through equitable and affordable Internet access. Samantha has spent her career in non-profit service focused on community and child welfare. Prior to leading the Project Waves team, she spent 10 years at Adoptions Together, a regional nonprofit that provides services to families including adoption, guardianship, foster care and kinship care through services and expertise in industry-leading family counseling, adoption, education, therapy and key public-private community partnerships, with a specific focus on family reunification. She is a graduate of University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) with a degree in Modern Language and Linguistics. 

 

Cody L. Dorsey is the Executive Director of the Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition, working to close the digital divide in his hometown. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. Mary’s College of Maryland and a Master’s Degree in Politics from the University College Dublin (Ireland). He is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Community College Leadership from Morgan State University. Mr. Dorsey is a proud product of Baltimore City Public Schools, where served as the student commissioner on the School Board from 2013 through 2014. As a 2019 Baltimore Mayoral Fellow, he designed a year-round youth employment pilot program. Because of his leadership and achievements he was asked to serve as the Legislative Director for the Baltimore City Senate Delegation for the 2021 Legislative Session of the Maryland General Assembly. Last year, President Biden appointed Mr. Dorsey to the Maryland Selective Service Board.

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy and Incorporating Social Emotional Learning in STEM Learning

Brittany Young is the founder and CEO of B-360, an organization that utilizes dirt bike culture to end the cycle of poverty, disrupt the prison pipeline, and build bridges in communities through STEM education and career opportunities. She is passionate about reimagining city planning and government best practices, and providing models for culturally relevant programming and school curricula. Since launching in 2017, B-360 has been instrumental in changing the narrative around dirt bike culture, serving over 8,000 students and hiring 50 dirt bike riders. Brittany’s accolades include being hand-picked for Baltimore Mayor Brandon Scott’s transition team, her 2021 TED Talk , 2021 Women To Watch, the Social Innovation Lab at Johns Hopkins, Baltimore Corps Elevation Awards, Echoing Green and many more. Her work has been featured in Steve Harvey TV, Kelly Clarkson, Forbes, Teen Vogue, Mashable, Freethink, Entrepreneur, attn:, NBC Sports and AfroPunk. 

Dr. DeLauren McCauley is an Analytical Chemist for the federal government, who is passionate about bridging the gap and evoking excellence for underrepresented minorities interested in all STEM disciplines. She previously worked as a Research Bioanalytical Chemist for the Medical Research Institute of Chemical Defense for the Department of Defense. Prior to, she served as a laboratory chemist for the Institute of Marine and Environmental Technology and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County teaching undergraduate students introductory lab techniques. Her specific experience includes a wide range of applications such as tobacco chemistry, marine and aquaculture technology, environmental water analyses, and method development for food analysis. Dr. McCauley received her doctoral degree in Analytical Chemistry from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and a Bachelor of Science Degree in Chemistry from North Carolina Central University. Aside from her technical experience, Dr. McCauley is the co-founder of a non-profit organization STEMPIRE, a community and resource hub for STEM pathways.

 

Vernelle Mitchell-Harris serves as a 4-H Educator with University of Maryland Extension. She graduated from University of Maryland Eastern Shore with a Bachelor’s degree in General Agriculture.  She then earned her Master’s degree in Food and Agricultural Science from University of Maryland Eastern Shore.  Before joining University of Maryland Extension, Vernelle was a science and agriculture teacher for grades 6-12.  Her current work focus is to enhance youth engagement in the areas of STEM and College/Career Readiness.  She is also interested in providing tools to empower youth to appreciate diversity and promote equitable communities.

 

Dr. Winrow (Nevada) is a Johns Hopkins School of Medicine-trained Pediatric Neuropsychologist and has served as a clinical practitioner and an administrator in higher education for over a decade in roles as Dean, Provost, and Senior Executive Vice President. She has served as a Trustee on the Board of Trustees for two HBCUs and served as a member of the US Fulbright Scholars Review Board and the Board of Examiners for Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award, our nation’s highest honor that is bestowed by the President of the United States.

Nevada is the alumna of several institutions that include Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Howard University, and Lincoln University and completed fellowships in Neuroradiology, Psychoneuroimmunology, Cognitive Neuroscience and Neurochemistry. Currently Dr. Winrow serves on the board of the Johns Hopkins Medical and Surgical Alumni Association and is the National Chairwoman for youth programs for the National Association of Black SCUBA divers.  Nevada is a pilot with membership of Maryland Civil Air Patrol (CAP), where she serves as a CAP aerospace educator and she holds a FAA commercial drone pilot license. Nevada is a PADI Master Scuba Diver, an associate member of the Women’s Diving Hall of Fame and the American Academy of Underwater Sciences

Access to STEM Learning in Informal Places

Tonee Lawson is a Washington, DC area native, but has made Baltimore her home since her college years at Towson University, where she graduated with a dual Bachelor of Science degree in Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics (MB3); and Biology. She also has a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology. Tonee is the founder and executive director The Be. Org, a youth development nonprofit that focuses on STEM enrichment and college and career readiness. Tonee was featured on “In Real Life” on the Quicksilva Show for her impact on the community; and was recognized by the Daily Record as a Very Important Professional Under 40. She is a 2018-2019 Johns Hopkins University Social Innovation alum and 2020 Baltimore Corps Fellow where she developed a virtual reality curriculum for social emotional learning in youth.

With over fifteen years of experience in education, technology, and workforce development, Dana Ledyard serves as the Chief Operating Officer at CodePath.org. In her role at CodePath she is responsible for leading CodePath’s impact, scale, and revenue streams in this dynamic growth phase for the organization as they work to transform computer science education and diversify the nation’s most competitive entry level technical roles.

 

Prior to CodePath, Dana served as VP of Strategy at Catalyte where she built partnerships and launched new engagements with employers such as Bloomberg, T Rowe Price, SAP NS2, the City of Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins, among many others, placing retrained adults into software engineering apprenticeships. 

  

In her previous role as Managing Director of Girls Who Code, Dana led the organization’s summer program expansion to bring computer science education to girls across the country, including building the organization’s staff, program model, and managing partnerships with technology companies including Twitter, Google, facebook, Microsoft and more. During her tenure, Girls Who Code scaled from reaching 20 girls to serving over 10,000 girls nationwide, and Dana was recognized by Glamour magazine as one of “35 Women Under 35 Who Are Changing the Tech Industry”.

 

Dana completed an MBA at the Haas School of Business (UC Berkeley) and a BA in Economics from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill where she studied as a Morehead-Cain Scholar. In addition, Dana serves as President of the Board for the nonprofit Code in the Schools and is a member of the Advisory Board for the Baltimore Chesapeake Bay Outward Bound School. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland with her husband, two sons, and pandemic rescue dog Sally. 

Siobhán Hayes is the Director of the Center of Excellence for Innovation in Technology Education at Digital Harbor Foundation. In this role, she oversees the Center of Excellence and Tech Center program development and strategy. Siobhán has extensive experience in program development, design, and management in international and local education contexts. Previously, Siobhán served as the Senior Program Officer for Training and Evaluation for the Women’s Learning Partnership for Rights, Development, and Peace where for more than a decade she developed culturally-specific leadership programming on democratic participation, and conducted peer to peer capacity building for organizations in over forty countries, strengthening local organizations to become self-sustaining and to power women’s movements across the globe. She has also developed programming for higher ed and secondary school students, including in the area of service learning and civic engagement. Siobhán holds an MA in International Education from George Washington University and BA in Philosophy from Fordham University.

For more than a decade, April Christina Curley has built her career centering marginalized groups, working to drastically change the trajectory of the lives of people in her community through the power of education and technology. Most recently, she spent 6 years as a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Program Manager at Google working to expand access to opportunities in tech for undergraduate black and brown students, including those who identify as coming from low-income communities, students with disabilities, and students who exist along the queer spectrum. While there, she worked to create and grow several of Google’s key diversity hiring programs such as Google-in-Residence and Google Tech Exchange; single-handedly increasing Google’s black technical hires from 0 hires in 2014 to over 500 hires in 2020. Other notable achievements in her time at Google include managing Google’s Queer Tech Voices Conference featuring high-profile speakers and artists, spearheading the Google Student Newsletter as editor-in-chief engaging over 3,500 undergraduate students and faculty, and innovating recruitment efforts to support first-generation and low-income technical students in the hiring process. 

In September 2020, after years of tirelessly advocating for black and brown students and actively raising her voice about the inherent biases that exist in the internal structures and policies at Google, April Christina Curley was locked out of all Google tools and terminated. In December 2020, April shared her story with the world, driving 19 million impressions with her twitter thread bringing attention to toxic tech culture and the impact of harmful practices at tech companies like Google. Her story has reached a global audience, and has sparked an international dialog about being black in tech.

Formerly, she was a diversity recruiter for Teach for America after first serving as a high school social studies teacher in West Baltimore. She earned an M.A. in secondary education and teaching from Johns Hopkins University and is a member of Leadership for Educational Equity, a nonpartisan nonprofit that develops Teach for America alumni to become leaders in their communities. Currently, April is continuing her mission to better serve low-income women pursuing roles in tech as the Engagement and Partnerships manager for Last Mile Education Fund, a fiscally sponsored project of Baltimore’s own Digital Harbor Foundation.

Curley is hoping to continue bridging the digital divide for students and families across Baltimore as a hopeful candidate running for the 2022 Baltimore City Board of School Commissioners. In her free time, April is working to make Baltimore City a safer space for queer people of color by creating Baltimore’s premiere queer sports league, Prism Sports

Agenda

9:30A

10A

10:45A

10:55A

11:40A

11:50A

12:35P

1:20P

2:20P

2:30P

Registration Opens

Access to STEM Learning

Intermission

Culturally Relevant Pedagogy

Intermission

Digital Divide

Lunch

Breakout Sessions

Break

Closing Remarks and Networking Session

faqs

The Science Center currently partners with three nearby garages: 414 Light Street Garage, Royal Sonesta Harbor Court Garage, and Arrow Parking Garage, to validate parking. The Light train and MARC trains stop at Camden Yard, only four blocks away from the Science Center.

You will enter the Science Center from the main attendee entrance toward the harbor side of the building.

Registration for the event starts at 9:30am EST

Lunch will be provided for all attendees of the summit. Please note any food preferences and restrictions when you register for the event. 

Masks are not required for the event, however, they are highly recommended. Hand sanitizer and masks will be provided.