Leadership Team

Dr. Kimberly Scott, Professor and Founding Executive Director

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Kimberly A. Scott is a professor of women and gender studies in the School of Social Transformation at Arizona State University (ASU) and the founding executive director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST). The center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship about underrepresented women and girls in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Center projects include the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded COMPUGIRLS; U.S. Department of Education-funded COMPUPOWER; Pivotal-funded project on Women of Color and Computing Collaborative; and an NSF-funded Social programmable robots program for COMPUGIRLS. Since 2018, Scott has been a member of the NSF STEM Education Advisory Panel created to encourage U.S. scientific and technological innovations in education and assembled in consultation with the U.S. Department of Education, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Scott is also an affiliate faculty in George Mason University’s Center for Digital Media Innovation and Diversity located in Fairfax, Virginia. Trained as a sociologist of education and childhoods, Scott’s interdisciplinary work examines girls’ of color (African American, Native American, Latina) social and academic development in informal spaces and their technosocial innovations. With nearly 50 publications in outlets such as the International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, International Journal of Gender, Science, and Technology, Feminism and Psychology, Huffington Post, and Slate, to name a few. Kimberly is also co-author of the Rowman and Littlefield book Kids in Context and co-editor of the IAP published book, Research in Urban Educational Settings: Lessons Learned and Implications for Future Practice. Recently, she published Women Education Scholars and Their Children’s Schooling (Routledge) and is completing COMPUGIRLS: Becoming Ourselves in This Digital Age (University of Illinois Press). Prior to becoming an academic, Scott worked as an urban educator with international and national institutions including a center for girls in Chiang Mai Thailand; the Educational Law Center in Newark, New Jersey; and the National Museum of African Art-Smithsonian. Having written and successfully won more than millions in grant funding to support research and programs for girls of color and digital media use, Scott was named in 2014 as a White House Champion of Change for STEM Access. The same year, the publication Diverse Issues in Higher Education identified Kimberly as one of the top 30 women in higher education. Scott earned her BA from Smith College in art history and French literature, an MS from Long Island University in curriculum and instruction/elementary education, and her EdD from Rutgers University in social and philosophical foundations of education, and completed the high potentials leadership program at Harvard Business School.

Sandy Martinez, Director

Sandy Martinez is a self-motivated professional who brings over 20 years of professional experience in any setting. Sandy’s background and experience includes customer service, information coordinating, programming, loss prevention, management, and higher education finance and budgeting.

As a proud Sun Devil, Sandy has worked for Arizona State University (ASU) for 16 years. Sandy’s ASU journey has included working at the College of Health Solutions Dean's Office as the Manager of Administrative Support Operations and Staff Success where she was responsible for the college's employee engagement and improvement programming, professional development budget, and managing the college’s administrative operations. Sandy now has the honor to serve as Director for the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology to contribute to making a difference through outstanding collaborations and partnerships that support culturally STEM programs for girls and women of color while leading the center's operations and fiscal oversight.

Sandy serves as the Past President of the Chicano/Latino Faculty & Staff Association after serving as the organization's 50th President. Through CLFSA, Sandy also served two years as the Student Relations Liaison managing the Laura Rendon scholarship and scholar mentoring program. Sandy is a proud member of the ASU Commission on the Status of Women where she served as Chair of the CSW, Tempe Campus for two years to continue to be involved in one of her strongest passions, which is creating professional development opportunities for ASU staff, faculty, and students. During her undergraduate years, Sandy served on the executive board for the Association of Human Communication (AHC) where she organized outstanding networking and career exploration events working collaboratively with businesses and university departments to develop opportunities to help enhance ASU students’ experience. 

Sandy holds a bachelor of arts in Communication with an emphasis in organizational communication and a minor in business from ASU. Sandy is a strong believer that education is important and thus she furthered her education by obtaining a master’s degree in Higher and Postsecondary Education to allow her to continue to make a difference in higher education, our communities, and for students, especially for underrepresented groups and first-generation students like herself.

On a personal level, Sandy is a very approachable person who is eager to learn new things and assist others to achieve their career and educational goals. When she isn't engaged in professional pursuits or university commitments, she enjoys hiking, cooking, reading, CrossFit, spending time with family and friends, and rooting for the LA Dodgers. 

 Dr. Tara Nkrumah, Assistant Research Professor

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Tara was born in Chicago, Illinois. Most of her early adult life was spent in Texas and Tennessee before moving to West Africa. After seven years, she returned to the United States from Ghana to complete her PhD. She has 13 years of teaching experience in the United States and seven years in Ghana. Her ability to successfully teach science in diverse settings by population, culture, and class is attributed to years of teaching in U.S. inner city, urban schools, and overseas at the top international school in Accra, Ghana with over 60 nationalities. She has taught both high school level courses in Biology, Integrated Physics and Chemistry, AP Environmental Science, Health, Algebra I and in middle school Comprehensive Science. She is well versed in teaching the Middle Years Program (MYP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) curriculum as well as Honors and Advanced Placement courses. Mentored by her father and grandmother at an early age cultivated her passion in the field of science/STEM education. The conferred degrees include a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science from Middle Tennessee State University, a Masters in Education from Tennessee State University, and a PhD in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of South Florida. Tara is energetic, disciplined and passionate about exposing students to the joys of science education through hands-on experiences that help them to bridge the classroom to their community and life. Tara’s research agenda on science curriculum (leadership) development explores methods to increase the underrepresentation of Black women in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM). Her current research on the pedagogical and theoretical development of science educators’ understanding and practice of engagement in science relies on poststructuralist perspectives, her extensive experience teaching science, and her exposure to qualitative research methods. Additionally, her training in anti-oppressive theatre, Theatre of the Oppressed, supports her examination of how popular culture and sociopolitical discourse flow through entertainment media and frame public perception about science education and/or STEM careers, particularly for underrepresented groups. Besides conducting research and presenting, she enjoys meeting new people, traveling, exercising, dancing, eating Indian food, and spending time with her husband and daughter.