Cheryl Calhoun, Ph.D., will be the keynote speaker from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the NCC Spring Convocation on Tuesday, January 21 in the Levinson Theater. The convocation theme is equity and inclusion in the classroom. Breakfast will be available at 9:30 a.m.
Dr. Calhoun is Dean of Access and Inclusion at Santa Fe College in Gainesville, Florida. She also serves as Dean of Educational Centers and Director of the Blount Center at Santa Fe College. She also has served as a professor of Information Technology and coordinator of the Networking Services Technology program at Santa Fe.
At 9:30 a.m., Dr. Calhoun will discuss “Broadening Participation; How Gender and Race Theory Informs Our Work.” Calhoun has 25 years of experience in higher education, including research on broadening participation in computing and challenging gendered norms in gendered fields.
Her recent doctoral dissertation on “We are EWITS—Hear Us Roar!: Empowering Women in Technology Start-Ups (EWITS) as an Experiential Learning Model to Challenge Gendered Social Norms in the Field” helped to develop a theory of planned behavior that considers the effects of unconscious bias, stereotype threat and ambient belonging on women’s persistence in technology entrepreneurship. Her research interests include women in technology and entrepreneurship and effective utilization of online and web-enhanced collaborative learning environments.