CEO Forums and Socials

CEO is working to bring together educators, practitioners, and researchers who share a common interest in STEM education and outreach. Stay updated with our upcoming events – listed below. CEO lunchtime forums are held on the first Tuesday of each month from October through May (with a break in January). Events are open to all and no RSVP is required (unless indicated in the event description). Bring your questions and a brown bag lunch (optional). We also host occasional social events at local venues—check this page for details. All events are ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at Save the dates below and check back to this site for updates.


Tuesday, March 3, 12:00-1:30 pm | Designing outdoor field research experience as a vehicle for inclusivity 

Why study in the field? Why does field-based research remain at the core of many Earth and environmental science disciplines and does that expectation present a barrier to full participation? Often ingrained in the culture of field training is field culture that continues to emphasize physical ability, mental toughness, assertive behavior, and one-upmanship. Please join us for a panel discussion that will feature experienced field program directors and other professionals who will highlight the “ins and outs” of creating and managing outdoor field experiences that are engaging, inclusive, and equitable. Discussion topics will include how to design more inclusive programs, address accessibility issues, and shape field experiences to appeal to a diversity of students from a range of majors – all of which will be applicable to those interested in supporting the improvement of learning experiences and environments for all students at all levels. Speakers: Lisa White, Director of Education and Outreach, UC Museum of Paleontology; Alexis Williams, UCB Earth and Planetary Science alumnus; Jenny Mulholland-Beahrs, Director, California Outdoor Engagement Coalition. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Tuesday, April 7, 12:00-1:30 pm | Opportunities for engagement between UC Berkeley and community colleges to support STEM transfer students

This forum will explore opportunities for engagement between UC Berkeley and local California Community Colleges (CCCs). For CCC students taking STEM coursework, university-sponsored opportunities such as participation in research can improve retention in a STEM major, transfer rates, 4-year graduation rates, and persistence in STEM. But CCC transfer students admitted to UC Berkeley (or any 4-year school) are often forced to quickly integrate into the campus community, and face more challenges in finding study groups, professional development opportunities, overall respect for their STEM potential, and/or opportunities to work in faculty labs, to name a few examples. Through conversation with a panel of experts, we will discuss current University/CCC collaborations that are working to improve transfer rates and the student experience, as well as identify potential new ways to increase and support the unique needs of CCC STEM transfer students. Ideally, this interactive conversation will yield new insights and strategies for transfer student support from the start of their CCC experience and through degree completion at a 4-year institution, and possibly kick-start some future collaborative efforts locally!  Panelists TBD. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.

Tuesday, May 5, 12:00 – 1:30 pm | Leading by example: insights from faculty who were first-gen college students

In this panel, four UC Berkeley faculty who are the first in their families to attend college share their educational, career, and life experiences and discuss how these experiences have shaped their philosophies and approaches to teaching, research, mentoring, and campus service. These experiences provide real-world insights that can guide other faculty, administrators, staff, and students to create more inclusive and welcoming STEM environments in our labs and classrooms. Panelists: Diana Bautista, Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology; G. Cristina Mora, Associate Professor of Sociology; Karl van Bibber, Professor of Nuclear Engineering; Noah Whiteman, Associate Professor of Integrative Biology. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building.
Forums are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. If you have an idea for a topic or speaker, please let us know. Contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.

Visit the CEO Event Archive (2010 to 2020)