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Raven Baxter      

Science Communicator & Molecular Biologist Known as "Raven the Science Maven"; Founder, STEMbassy

Raven Baxter, popularly known as "Raven the Science Maven" is a nationally acclaimed science communicator and molecular biologist who works to progress the state of science culture by creating spaces that are inclusive, educational, and real. She is recognized as a global leader in science, education, and impactful communication by many, including in Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40 list for 2020.

Baxter is known for her unique style of combining science, music, and cultural awareness to teach and empower both students and professionals in STEM and beyond as an entertaining content creator and musician.

She works independently and also partners with biotech companies, schools, and organizations to develop engaging science content and speaks internationally to students, educators, and leaders about the importance of diversity as well as innovation in STEM education and communication.

Baxter is also the founder of multiple STEM diversity initiatives, including STEMbassy, a science advocacy organization that embraces a diverse and accomplished membership of scientists, engineers, and tech professionals that serve the next generation of STEM as leaders and mentors.

Speech Topics

How to Create a Culturally Responsive Learning Environment

Building inclusive learning environments and ensuring that students feel safe and welcome in your classroom is a major factor in student success, and a huge part of my teaching practices as an outstanding science educator. In this talk, I will engage your audience in a productive talk with the goal of setting an action plan for the classroom.

How Increasing Visibility for Women in STEM Benefits Everyone

My research adds to a body of literature that shows that it benefits people from all backgrounds to see women, particularly Black women, in STEM fields. In this talk, I will discuss the current research regarding Black women in STEM, and how to support underrepresented populations in STEM.

From College Dropout to PhD: Finding Resilience in your STEM Journey

No one said that life would be easy. Raised in a single-parent, twice-divorced household (sometimes homeless), I persevered through huge life challenges and within 10 years, I accomplished what most would have never expected. In this talk, I'll share intimate details of my story and provide your audience with the tools to overcome adversity.

Hip-Hop Pedagogy in Science for the Newest Generations

Hip-hop and rap looks different for each generation. My work has shown that modern approaches to pedagogy, including hip-hop pedagogy, are needed to reach underrepresented populations. In this talk, I will discuss the success of my approaches to using contemporary rap and hip-hop to engage learners in science.

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