Dr. Emily Affolter to lead NAMEPA 2019 Webinar

National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates builds a theoretical framework for inequities in STEM education.
Emily Affolter
Shamim Amiri

Dr. Emily Affolter, a Prescott College faculty member and the director of the College's Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education, is leading a NAMEPA (National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates) Webinar on Wednesday, November 13, 4 - 5 pm Eastern (2 - 3 pm in Arizona). The NAMEPA 2019 Webinar Series focuses on connecting the gap between research and practice. The participants will hear from researchers doing work that is related to NAMEPA programming to spark discussions. Dr. Affolter will address current questions about pedagogical and educational inequities in the engineering field with an eye towards solutions. Click here to make a reservation:

Prescott College's Ph.D. program in Sustainability Education focuses on the nexus of environmental and social justice as part of education. Dr. Affolter has experience in program evaluation, consulting, and facilitating interventions to promote and sustain diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM-related workplaces, academic environments, and beyond. An enthusiastic educator, she has taught ages 4-72 in a variety of classrooms, both in the U.S. and overseas. Dr. Affolter obtained her Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis on Multicultural Education from the University of Washington. Her most recent research interests exploring culturally responsive interventions for teachers, students, and leaders. 

The Webinar Series builds a theoretical framework for inequities in STEM education, as well as giving guidance on how to make a change. Dr. Affolter’s guidance and instruction stem from experience with evaluation and consulting in the national STEM equity arena from the University of Washington’s Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity, as well as offering on-the-ground professional development with teachers from first grade through graduate school to understand and end inequity. For instance, she provides tools to understand and dismantle white supremacy among other forms of dominance in engineering education.