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Raven Baxter        

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

Dr. Raven Baxter is a respected molecular biologist and a leader in science education. She has been a keynote and panelist at Princeton, Harvard, John Hopkins University, the STARZ #TakeTheLead Initiative, the National PTA Convention, and the National Science Teaching Association. She has also been invited to exclusive conferences such as Leading Woman Defined. Dr. Baxter has received many honors, including Forbes' 30 under 30, Fortune Magazine's 40 Under 40, the Ebony Power 100 list (STEM Trailblazer), AfroTech's inaugural Future 50 list, and Woman of Distinction by the American Association of University Women. Recently, she was featured in People Magazine for her involvement in Olay's "Woman Who Give An F" campaign.

Dr. Baxter's contributions to science have extended beyond academia and into the corporate world, where she has partnered with Olay's STEM initiatives. Her work has also been referenced in Saturday Night Live sketches and as part of Hip Hop's 50th celebration. She has collaborated frequently with NASA and the White House to promote science outreach in government. Dr. Baxter received her bachelor's and master's degrees in Biology from Buffalo State and a doctorate in Science Education from the University at Buffalo.

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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