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CHISPA National Institute - 2016

The CHISPA Professional Development National Institute brought together representatives from 11 science and children’s museums, and 29 community-based affiliate organizations of the National Council of La Raza and the Aspira Association. The event took place September 8-9, 2016, and was hosted by one of our CHISPA partners, the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

The institute objectives were to:

  • strengthen ties with the national network
  • share implementation challenges/strategies
  • consider culturally responsive strategies to implement locally
  • review evaluation findings and plan for final year of implementation
  • think about/plan for sustainability

Presentations by invited guests included:

  • Building a National Presence for Latinos in STEM, by Eduardo Díaz, Executive Director, Smithsonian Latino Center and Emily Key, Education Program Manager, Smithsonian Latino Center
  • A Perspective from the National Science Foundation, by Dr. Robert Russell, Program Officer
  • Full STEM Ahead! Resources to Build Long-lasting and Sustainable Relationships that Support STEM in Afterschool, by Dr. Anita Krishnamurthi, VP, STEM Policy, Afterschool Alliance, CHISPA Advisor (click here to download)
  • Principles for Building Long-lasting and Sustainable Relationships that Support STEM in Afterschool, by Ms. Laura Huerta Migus, President, Association of Children’s Museums, CHISPA Advisor (click here to download)
  • Building Smithsonian Affiliations Partnerships, by Alma Douglas, National Outreach Manager, Smithsonian Affiliations

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal STEM Learning (AISL), under Grant No. DRL-1323516. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.