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Cultivating Strategic Partnerships for Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in the Biosciences

ABRCMS Online presents a discussion about using strategic partnerships to further diversity and inclusion initiatives.

Webinar participants will:

  • Discover models of strategic partnerships that work for cultivating diversity
  • Investigate partnerships that bring together the biomedical research workforce
  • Explore methods for evaluating the effectiveness of programs
  • Review the current state of diversity in the biosciences

Date: Tuesday, May 28, 2019
Time: 2 p.m. E.T./11 a.m. P.T.

Prof. Rona Robinson-Hill
Assistant Professor of Biology
Ball State University
Muncie, Indiana

Dr. Rona Robinson-Hill, a “Renaissance Woman in Science” arrived at BSU in 2014 with a passion for teaching and training pre-service teachers how to teach science to marginalized students in grades K-12 using the BSCS 5E Learning Model and to reduce the fears of white females to teach science to these students. Through the Training Future Scientist Program (TFS), she provides authentic science instruction to the underrepresented students in grades K-5 in Muncie, IN by science pre-service teachers.

See an article about the program in the Muncie Journal here.

Robinson-Hill was born and raised in St. Louis, MO and is a product of St. Louis Public Schools. She holds a B.S. in Biology from University of Missouri Kansas City; M.S. Curriculum & Instruction from Maryville University-St. Louis; and a Ph. D. in Science Education from University of MO-St. Louis. Her research interests include: supervising practicums for pre-service teachers in experiential settings in Muncie, IN teaching inquiry science using the 5E Learning Model to K-5 underrepresented students and teaching pre-service students effective strategies to be successful in science and other university content courses. She is the proud mother of one son and one daughter, a host of Godchildren, students and mentees.


Jesus Valencia
Senior Pre-Med Biochemistry Major
St. Mary's University
San Antonio, Texas

I am Jesus Valencia and I'm a Senior Pre-Med Biochemistry major at St. Mary's University in San Antonio, Texas. When I got to college, I sought to apply knowledge learned in the classroom towards real situations, since then I’ve been able to conduct biomedical research at UT Health San Antonio and Rice University. At ABRCMS 2018, I was able to present my research conducted at Rice as part of the BioXFEL summer research program and be awarded a poster presentation award in Biochemistry.

The idea of The Lab came to mind when I reflected upon my experiences and a recurring theme throughout the process was, "what would have I liked to know the day I entered college?". Because of that I established, a digital initiative that provide resources and highlights the opportunities in STEM, research and the health professions. Not only is it a place where you can obtain all the information you need but also learn what to do with it and how to get to where you want to be. At its core The Lab is made for you by someone like you.