Silveyra leads National Academies Diversity Panel

Last week Dr. Patricia Silveyra, associate professor and BBL director, co-led the “STEM Workforce Diversity: Where do we go from here?” panel discussion organized by the New Voices in Science, Engineering and Medicine group, where she serves as co-chair.

With support from the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, Silveyra organized and moderated the panel along with Dr. Olujiimi Ajijola, Assistant Professor at UCLA. The two emerging leaders led an in-depth discussion on efforts to diversify the national science, engineering, and health workforce.

The panel featured leaders from government, academia, and industry, including Paul Dabbar, Under Secretary for Science, Department of Energy; Sylvia James, Acting Deputy Assistant Director, National Science Foundation; Rich Lockwood, Vice President, Lockheed Martin Corporation; Dave Parrillo, Global R&D Director, The Dow Chemical Company; Hannah Valantine, Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, National lnstitutes of Health; and Sonia Zarate, Program Officer, Howard Hughes Medical Institute and SACNAS president.

Approximately 100 attendees were present at the event, which was also live-streaned to an audience of about 200 viewers. The session was recorded and can be accessed here.

New Voices, a cohort of emerging leaders in science, engineering, and medicine, was launched at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in 2018 as an initiative designed to bring diverse perspectives from early-career U.S. leaders to important dialogues around how science, engineering, and medicine are shaping the global future. Silveyra is one of the 18 young leaders selected for the initial cohort amongst 550 applicants nationwide.