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Thursday, June 10 • 11:30am - 12:00pm
How Community College Educators Can Engage Diverse STEM Learners

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Community colleges take the lead in equipping students to apply learning to real world, industry-relevant challenges. In 2021, the mission to meet the needs of lower income and post-traditional learners also includes resolving learning loss and unfinished learning. In this panel discussion, community college STEM educators recount their personal experiences in striving to meet diverse learners where they are. With a focus on teaching science with virtual labs, the panel shares ideas and best practices for engaging students in an inclusive way within hybrid, online, and face-to-face environments.

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Paul Kasili

Professor of Genetics and Biotechnology, Bunker Hill Community College
Dr. Paul Kasili, PhD is a Professor of Genetics and Biotechnology at Bunker Hill Community College. He has also worked on life sciences technologies and methodologies for biomedical research.
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Selinda Martinez

Professor of Biology, Laredo College
Selinda Martinez teaches biology both in-person and online at Laredo College, where she also serves as chair of the Natural Sciences Department. While at Laredo, she has developed master’s courses for biology to be taught in an online platform. Selinda is currently working on her... Read More →
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Terri Quenzer

Statewide Director, Life Sciences and Biotech, California Community Colleges
As Statewide Director of the Life Sciences/Biotech Initiative for the California Community College System, Dr. Terri Quenzer connects with industry partners and community college Biotech Faculty throughout the state to help align their Biotech programs with industry needs and provide... Read More →
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Peter Gemmellaro

Senior Customer Success Manager, Labster
Peter Gemmellaro works directly with science instructors and supports their teaching initiatives with virtual labs as part of his role as Labster's Senior Customer Success Manager. In addition to serving as a panelist and moderator on behalf of Labster, Peter has also taught as an... Read More →

Thursday June 10, 2021 11:30am - 12:00pm PDT