Diversity and Inclusion
The goal of NEWT’s diversity and inclusion efforts are to maintain an enriching culture of excellence by acknowledging, educating, appreciating and nurturing diversity, and to enable researchers from a variety of backgrounds to synergize and solve problems in more creative and innovative ways. We hold diversity and inclusion awareness sessions, both in person and online. We also have robust recruiting efforts to ensure the engagement of women and traditionally underrepresented groups in our research labs, as well as our summer programming for teachers and K12 students.
Our diversity efforts are coordinated through our Inclusion Oversight Board (IOB), and we have representation from each site. NEWT members are encouraged to reach out to any member of the IOB with respect to diversity and inclusion initiatives.
NEWT’s Inclusion Oversight Board
NEWT Diversity Director
Ms. Theresa Chatman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Research Grants at Rice University, leads the diversity and inclusion efforts, both on campus and at partner institutions, for the National Science Foundation’s (NSF’s) Nanotechnology Enabled Water Treatment (NEWT) and the Precise Advanced Technologies and Health Systems for Underserved Populations (PATHS-UP) Engineering Research Centers. She has 30 years of experience in directing the broadening participation efforts of large NSF centers, and she has been instrumental in many national partnerships and events designed to broaden participation, particularly for underrepresented minorities (URMs).
Dr. Smith served as a member of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Federal Holiday Congressional Commission. He also served as the charter president of the American Association of Blacks in Higher Education (AABHE) and as a board member for the Texas Association of Black Personnel in Higher Education (TABPHE). Born in Washington, DC, he holds a BA degree in Anthropology and Sociology from Bowie State University and a MPA degree from Indiana University. He holds an Ed.D. degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
Professor Terry Alford, Associate Director and Professor, School of Engineering of Matter, Transport, and Energy at Arizona State University (ASU), is the 2009 ASU Graduate Mentor of The Year, and has myriad other honors and awards for the mentoring of graduate students in the US and Africa including: National Consortium for Graduate Degrees for Minorities in Engineering and Science (GEM) Alumni Award - Outstanding Achievement in Academia, Golden Torch Pioneer of the Year Award – National Society of the Black Engineers, Outstanding Faulty Advisor - ASU African American Alumni Association, and ASU Graduate Women’s Association Outstanding Mentor.
Dr. Eduardo Pagán, Arizona State University's (ASU’s) Bob Stump Endowed Professor of History has served as a vice provost for inclusion and excellence and a senior program officer at the National Endowment for the Humanities in Washington, D.C., with a portfolio that worked with Historically Black Universities and Colleges, Tribal Colleges, and Hispanic-Serving Institutions. Pagán was one of the hosts of History Detectives (PBS), a historical consultant with American Experience (PBS), and has appeared in national and international documentaries and television shows.
Associate Professor, History
Ms. Sandy Vasquez is the Associate Vice President for Human Resources at The University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She oversees programs such as recruitment, immigration, training and development, employee relations and promoting non-discriminatory treatment, including investigating any claims of alleged discrimination or harassment and facilitating diversity efforts. In addition, UTEP’s Equal Opportunity Office partners with offices on campus to promote diversity and inclusion. Ms. Vasquez is a member of the Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity Committee which seeks to foster and model a campus environment that is welcoming, accessible, and inclusive to all students, faculty, staff, and visitors.
Chief Compliance Officer
For more information on NEWT’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts, feel free to contact Theresa Chatman, Director of Diversity and Inclusion for Research Grants by email at email@example.com or by phone at 713-348-5180.
Dr. Giovanna Guerrero-Medina is the Executive Director of Ciencia Puerto Rico (www.cienciapr.org), an international network of >10,000 scientists, students and educators committed to promoting scientific outreach, education and careers among Latinos. Her work is motivated by social justice and equity, rooted in the belief that every community and child should have access to the excitement and social and economic benefits of science. Under her leadership, Ciencia Puerto Rico has become one of the largest networked communities of Hispanic scientists in the world and the most popular science website among Puerto Rico audiences.
Director, Yale Ciencia Program