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Jennifer R. Cohen, PhD    

Scientist Turned Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Entrepreneur

Dr. Cohen is a native San Franciscan with a unique science background that includes graduating from City College of San Francisco, Howard University and Johns Hopkins, School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen is passionate about and has a deep understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) issues and has successfully directed pipeline programs for underrepresented minorities for more than ten years. In 2008 she developed a comprehensive graduate student support model that creates community for underrepresented students. Her solution for improving learning environments remains a resource for the recruitment and retention of diverse students in higher education.

An accomplished keynote speaker, Dr. Cohen is not your stereotyped science geek. She is a vibrant advocate with a unique talent for generating synergy. Having first-hand experience as a woman of color inside the STEM education pipeline and drawing on her science research background, she brings a highly analytic, data-driven and perceptive approach to solving problems. Dr. Cohen has devoted her career to creating equitable and inclusive communities for diverse students and professionals to feel welcomed, respected, and supported to achieve their full potential.

Speech Topics


STEM education, diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and the workforce, solutions for finding, keeping and growing diverse talent

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