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Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship conference


Aloha kākou,

We maintain our enthusiasm to host the 4th Women of Color and STEM Entrepreneurship Conference. An incredible amount of thought and intentionality has gone into organizing a unique event where girls provide direction and adults collaboratively co-create to gain race-gender-ethnic parity in STEM. As co-leads, we have tried to be thoughtful about the programming and the well-being of all participants. To those ends, rapidly changing circumstances force us to make a hard decision. 

 Due to increasing confirmations of coronavirus throughout the U.S., including Arizona and Hawaii, we have decided to postpone the conference until a later date. Given the amount of uncertainty about the risks related to COVID-19, we have decided to err on the side of caution. ASU and HPU want to be good collaborators and are concerned about the health and well-being of our host community in Hawaii, our conference participants, in addition to the staff. These constituencies are the primary drivers in this decision. 

 Once the situation has stabilized, we hope to reschedule this event and invite your participation. We are hopeful that we will be able to do that within the next few months.

Thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we navigate this challenging situation.  We will have more information in the coming week regarding hotel registration deposits and conference registration fees as we negotiate with the hotels - it’s a new situation for everyone.  

We deeply regret that we won't see you this month, but we fully intend to pursue this important work with you at a rescheduled future date.



Brenda A. Jensen, Ph.D

Dean and Professor

College of Natural and Computational Sciences

Hawai`i Pacific University                                                              


Kimberly Scott, Ed.D

Professor and Executive Director

The Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology

Arizona State University



Through the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of higher education institutions and non-profit partners, we advocate for girls and women of color in STEM by providing research and evidence based practices, networking resources, programs and initiatives that may be seamlessly implemented in p-20 education settings. We equip fellow advocates with the tools to expand opportunities for girls and women and color to enter, persist, and succeed in STEM both academically and professionally.

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Capacity Building

CGEST’s capacity building arm serves to increase the participation of women and girls of color in STEM fields by providing evidence-based, research-driven programs that engage participants in socially relevant technology experiences. Through programs such as COMPUGIRLS, CGEST provides one of the few technology programs that weds culturally relevant practices with project-based technology activities encouraging girls of color to develop socially relevant, researched products in areas of digital media, coding, and robotics.

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The knowledge arm of CGEST is committed to advancing girls and women of color in STEM through an intersectional and culturally responsive approach. We promote data-driven advocacy by exploring issues related to digital media learning and the underrepresentation of women and girls of color in STEM. In order to reach multiple stakeholders, we share our findings with scholars, organizations, policy makers, and practitioners through a variety of avenues, including academic articles, conference presentations, poster sessions, and digital stories.

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