Equity Theme Organizers

Lily Khadjavi

Lily Khadjavi, Dept. of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University

Lily Khadjavi is an Associate Professor of Mathematics at Loyola Marymount University. She received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, and her BA from Harvard University. Broadening participation in STEM fields is central to Dr. Khadjavi’s scholarly activity, both in and outside the classroom. As co-chair, she has helped organize the Infinite Possibilities Conference, a national research and mentoring conference aimed at supporting women of color in the mathematical sciences, with funding from the National Science Foundation. She is the Principal Investigator for the Association for Women in Math’s NSF-funded travel and mentoring grant program. She currently serves on the boards or executive committees of a number of non-profits, including Building Diversity in Science; Harvard’s HGSC; and Spectra, an association to support LGBT+ mathematicians. Since 2013, she has taught mathematics in Caltech’s FSRI program, building community for underrepresented students at the Institute.

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Sissi Li

Sissi Li, Dept. of Chemistry and Biochemistry at California State University at Fullerton

Dr. Sissi Li is a lecturer in chemistry and postdoctoral scholar at the California State University Fullerton. She has a background in chemistry and earned a BA from Mills College and an MS from the University of Oregon before switching her career focus on science education. Her PhD at Oregon State University focused on college science teaching of introductory physics with co-advisors Dedra Demaree and Larry Enochs. Dr. Li is interested in connecting with STEM education researchers and practitioners to study science identity development as a way to understand how to recruit and support STEM majors in succeeding and enjoying being a member of their disciplinary field. As a postdoctoral scholar at CSUF, Dr. Li has further explored the development of student identities in multiple facets of learning experiences at the college level. 

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Darryl Yong

Darryl Yong, Dept. of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College

Darryl Yong is a Professor of Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and Director of the Claremont Colleges Center for Teaching and Learning. He received his PhD in applied mathematics at the University of Washington. His scholarly activities focus on the retention and professional development of secondary school mathematics teachers and improving undergraduate mathematics education. He is also passionate about broadening participation in STEM and helping institutions build capacity for increasing diversity and inclusion. Darryl serves on the Steering Committee for Math for America Los Angeles and helps to design professional development for its Fellows. Since 2007, he has also been an instructor for the Secondary School Teacher Program at IAS/Park City Mathematics Institute.

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