The National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Whitney Gaskins as the 2017 NAMEPA K-12 Champion Award.
Dr. Whitney Gaskins is an assistant professor of Biomedical Engineering and Engineering Education at the University of Cincinnati. She is the Founder and President of the Gaskins Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit art and education organization that provides extraordinary opportunities for under recognized and under-represented youth. Based on research and evidence-based practices, the foundation’s programmatic focus is driven from a unique philosophy crafted by Dr. Gaskins called “P.E.P. Plus” which is designed to pique student interest in engineering and STEM as early as kindergarten and to provide a continuous pathway for engagement and development all throughout their pre-college careers. The programming spearheaded by Dr. Gaskins reaches hundreds of students across Cincinnati and connects the community to the University of Cincinnati. Through her visionary leadership, she has opened many young minds to the possibilities in engineering and has provided academic and social support blazing a new path to success for these talented students.
The K-12 Champion award was established to honor an individual faculty member who has catalyzed change to help students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) populations overcome historic barriers, especially in the K-12 space. Awardees have gone above and beyond the basic responsibilities of a faculty member and are instrumental in the success of students from URM groups in engineering. This award aims to recognize the nontraditional perspective of faculty as student support personnel critical to cultivating diversity and inclusion in engineering within our partner institutions.
NAMEPA is a national network of educators and representatives from industry, government, and nonprofit organizations who share a common commitment to improving the recruitment and retention of Black/African American, Latino/Hispanic American, Native American, Native Hawaiian, and other Pacific Islander students earning degrees in engineering. NAMEPA promotes the professional development of its members and serves as an advocate for and resource to those programs and organizations that seek to recruit, educate, and employ diverse engineering talent.
NAMEPA is very grateful for Whitney’s efforts in advancing the achievement and persistence of students from URM backgrounds in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Dr. Whitney Gaskins will be recognized at the NAMEPA Awards Celebration Dinner on September 12th, 2017 during the 38th Annual NAMEPA National Conference (Sept 10th -13th, 2017) in Blacksburg, VA at Virginia Tech.
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