Girls STEM Institute: Transforming Lives Through a Holistic Approach

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Apr 23 2019 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm

Girls STEM Institute is a holistic informal learning program designed to provide opportunities for Girls of Color who are historically marginalized in STEM fields to engage in rich, rigorous, relevant and transformative learning experiences. During this roundtable, a panel of Girls STEM Institute participants and their parents/caregivers will discuss their experiences with Girls STEM Institute and how their experiences have impacted their lives.


For the past five years, Dr. Crystal Morton has worked with girls from historically marginalized groups and their families through her work with Girls STEM Institute. She centers her work around the needs and wants of those who invite her to their tables. When talking about any work related to Girls STEM Institute, it is imperative to prioritize the voice of the girls and their parents/caregivers--to not approach them as an outsider coming in to "fix" something that is broken, but rather as an authentic partner coming alongside parents/caregivers and the girls as they work out the vision they have for their lives.


This virtual roundtable will:

  • Provide an overview of Girls STEM Institute
  • Give an evaluation of the program's impact


Following this virtual roundtable, you will be able to:

  • Understand the importance of providing counter learning spaces for Girls of Color and their parents/caregivers
  • Gain a better understanding of Girls of Color and their parents' experiences within traditional and nontraditional K-12 learning settings
  • Make an argument for the funding of out-of-school programs


  • Recorded Episodes with Closed Caption
  • Downloadable Transcriptions 


About Dr. Crystal Morton

Dr. Crystal Morton is an Associate Professor of mathematics education at Indiana University-Purdue University at Indianapolis (IUPUI) and President-Elect of the Benjamin Banneker Mathematics Association. Her passion for providing Black girls and young women transformative learning experiences drives her research, teaching, and service. Focusing on the mathematics and personal development of Black girls and young women, Dr. Morton founded Girls STEM Institute. Girls STEM Institute aims to transform communities by empowering Girls of Color to become leaders, innovators, and educators, who use STEM as a tool for personal and social change.