Center for Evaluation & Research for STEM Equity

May 22, 2024

The BRAINS Program Team Publishes Commentary about “Thriving in Neuroscience Careers” for Neuroscientists from Underrepresented and Marginalized Groups

The team from the BRAINS (Broadening the Representation of Academic Investigators in NeuroScience) Program (www.brains.uw.edu) recently published a commentary in Neuron, “Thriving in Neuroscience Careers: Three Lessons from 12+ Years of the BRAINS Program.” In the piece, the BRAINS team shares what it has learned over time about supporting neuroscientists from underprivileged and marginalized communities….


May 15, 2024

Science 2.0 blog post about DEI in a global context features CERSE-created charts

Hontas Farmer, astrophysicist and adjunct professor at the College of DuPage, recently authored the Science 2.0 blog post, “DEI Without Compromise: Embracing Diversity in the LISA Global Scientific Collaboration. A ESA NASA Project.” In this post, Farmer discussed diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) on a global scale, including DEI challenges and how some people are…


April 12, 2024

Welcome to CERSE, Shawon Riffat Ara and Maryam Tanveer!

CERSE is so pleased to have two new graduate students joining us for Spring quarter. Shawon Riffat Ara is a Ph.D. candidate in Epidemiology at the University of Washington. She brings more than six years of experience in diverse research programs and leadership activities in Bangladesh and the US. She is interested in research involving…


March 18, 2024

CERSE Staff Review the Literature about Women and Girls in Engineering/ STEM for SWE Magazine

CERSE staff Ari Hock, Erin Carll, and Aryaa Rajouria reviewed the 2023 literature on women and girls in engineering/ STEM for SWE Magazine. The review is organized around several themes that arose in the literature, including intersectionality, “damage-centered” vs. “desire-based work” (see Eve Tuck’s “Suspending Damage: A Letter to Communities” (2009)), research from across the…


March 4, 2024

American Evaluation Association (AEA) 365 Blog Features CERSE’s Work with Students

If you would like to know more about CERSE’s work with UW students, read the blog post that CERSE staff contributed to AEA 365: A Tip-A-Day By and For Evaluators: “Working with Students at a University-Based Evaluation and Research Center.”  In their post, CERSE Research Scientist Rae Jing Han, Director Liz Litzler, Associate Director Erin…


February 9, 2024

Former and Current CERSE Staff Publish Work on Critically Quantitative Measurements of Community Cultural Wealth

Former and current CERSE staff Daiki Hiramori, Emily Knaphus-Soran, James Lamar Foster, and Elizabeth Litzler developed a quantitative assessment of Community Cultural Wealth (CCW). The CCW framework articulates several forms of capital that are underappreciated within society yet help racially/ ethnically marginalized communities thrive. In their journal article, which became available online in January 2024,…


January 17, 2024

Welcome to CERSE, Marisa Johnson & Salley Fang!

CERSE is thrilled to welcome CERSE’s newest team members, Marisa Johnson and Salley Fang, who joined the team in December 2023 and have been contributing greatly since. Marisa Johnson is a second-year undergraduate student in the UW Informatics department. She is dedicated to making a positive impact in her community and is an advocate for…


October 9, 2023

Welcome to CERSE, Rae Jing Han!

We are beyond thrilled to welcome Rae Jing Han to the CERSE team as a research scientist. Rae joined us in September 2023 and brings valuable knowledge, skills, and experience to our work. Prior to joining CERSE, Rae was an education specialist at EarthGen. They earned a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences and Human Development, an…


July 20, 2023

CERSE Welcomes Chassidy Wen, James Watkins, Rachel Funk Fordham, and Theresa Henry!

CERSE is thrilled to welcome CERSE’s newest team members, Chassidy Wen, James Watkins, Rachel Funk Fordham, and returning team member, Theresa Henry! Chassidy is a third-year PhD student at the University of Washington’s Department of Sociology. Her research focuses on the Bubonic Plague and the targeted actions of government authorities towards Chinatowns, exploring the racialization…


April 10, 2023

CERSE Welcomes Daniel Mackin Freeman, Stephanie Breen, and Naomi Ramirez Alvarado!

We are excited to welcome Daniel’s, Stephanie’s, and Naomi’s perspectives and skills to the CERSE team!  Daniel is one of CERSE’s research scientists, joining the team in January. His broad research interests are STEM and art education, inequality, social class, and race and ethnicity. Daniel’s current research as a PhD candidate at Portland State University…


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