2020 GlobalMindED Conference
June 6-8
Sheraton Denver Downtown
GlobalMindED is a 501(c)(3) innovation network that closes the equity gap through education, entrepreneurship, employment and economic mobility to create a capable, diverse talent pipeline.
Dr. Tameka Ellington is a First Gen role model helping her colleagues, students and First Gen students at Kent State navigate and connect during this challenging time. Inclusive leaders like Tameka keep us centered, faithful and looking forward. You will meet people like her from the GlobalMindED community every morning to start your day in the most positive way possible.
You are a First Gen to College with a Master's and PhD. What is your personal story?
I am a first generation high school student, college undergraduate student, Masters and PhD student. Unfortunately, I am still the only person in my immediate family to get a college education. 
I grew up in the inner city of Cleveland Ohio, surrounded by violence; and the fact that I was first generation actually helped to save my life. I was accepted into the Upward Bound Trio program when I was in high school. Having the opportunity to see a different way of life rather than the life directly in my reach gave me hope that there was another part of this life that I could experience. 
You work at Kent State to help students and First Gen be successful. What is your guidance to them right now, as so many are reading these newsletters virtually because of Covid-19?
Things have moved so quickly with Covid-19, the university has restricted secondary messages going out to the students. I'm sure that is because of the severity of the issues. However, we have an amazing staff in our Student Affairs division and in our Diversity Equality and Inclusion division, so student needs are being taken care of. Every week, I produce videos of encouragement for First Gen people called "First Generation Fridays". These videos give knowledge and challenge a new way of thinking for the First Gen community. To see the videos please go to website, drtamekaellington.com. Resources like this plus newsletters like GlobalMindED keep students connected and uplifted.
You recently started your own efforts to advance opportunities for First Gen. Tell us about your vision and goals.
Research shows that first generation students still have a difficult time transitioning from college into their respective careers. The support system stops once they graduate from college and many of them can't depend on family to give them the info they need to go into their careers. Another major issue is that first generation students tend to make less money than their peers. According to the EAB, first generation students (men and women) earn approximately 10% less per year than their peers. My goal with the 1st Generation Revolutionaries Movement is to bridge that gap with professional development aimed at transition techniques and gainful success post-graduation. 
How can the GlobalMindED community help you to advance your goals and how can we help Kent State to be a more inclusive environment where First Gen and students of all backgrounds can thrive during college and in their future careers?
At Kent State University, most of our programming and support is for undergraduate students. Hence the importance of the First Generation Affinity group for graduate students, which I've just launched. There is a huge need there on every campus.
The suggestion you made to identity those faculty/staff on campus who are First Gen and feature them on a website for First Gen incoming students is an amazing idea. Students need to be able to see and have a clear picture of who their support is coming from and who their role models are. KSU has an LGBTQ+ Ally program where we publicly feature individuals on campus who are allies that students can talk to when needed. KSU needs one for people who are First Gen!

I'd like to work with you to develop program specific events for graduate students who are first generation and for suggestions on how we can develop a first gen directory as this would be so helpful to our students. We look forward to achieving these goals with you and the GlobalMindED network now and in the years to come. 

Join us to recognize the most inclusive leaders in key industries for their innovations and bold actions to promote access and equity for women, people of color, and underrepresented populations in their recruiting, development, senior management on their boards, and in their pipeline strategies from education to employment. 

If you would like to nominate a student from your institution for the 
2020 GlobalMindED First Gen Student Leadership Program so that they can meet role models and mentors while networking for internships and jobs with companies who are dedicated to creating a capable, diverse talent pipeline , please encourage them to apply HERE
If you are an educator, you can attend  by yourself, a team or with your First Gen student delegates. If you come with more than 5 people from your institution, you are eligible for the discount.

GlobalMindED and the SDG Impact Fund are delighted to announce GlobalMindED's Donor Advised Fund for your year-end giving and planning your 2020 investment goals. 2020 is the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations and and the 25th Anniversary of the Beijing Women's Declaration and Action Platform. Many from around the world are thinking of 2020 as the gateway to our most vital decade for delivering equity, the Sustainable Development Goals, and a world where all can thrive. Our key time for these outcomes is 2020-2030.

GlobalMindED DAF and the SDG Impact Fund are a powerful combined force for good as the 2019 year comes to a close and we reflect on the gratitude and the commitments we make to the causes we care most about. The DAF offers immense power and flexibility for giving prior to the year's end as you plant seeds of generous intention for 2020 and the decade ahead.

When you contribute to GlobalMindED, you support students like Emanuel Walker whose story is below. He was in the class of 2018. Since 2015, we have served more than 300 students by connecting them to role models, mentors, internships and jobs. Your generous support will allow us to take our work 10x and reach these talented students at scale who lack the resources and support we provide. Your support also helps teachers who can't afford the conference fees, faculty at colleges which are under resourced and students who persist at those universities despite food insecurity and/or housing insecurity.
The ILO is calling on individuals and organizations to share innovative ideas and solutions to address the skills mismatch challenge. The ILO Skills Challenge Innovation Call will recognise and support the development of solutions that aim to address the different forms and dimensions of skills mismatch.   

Submission deadline: April 13, 2020.

As you start the New Year, are you looking for ways to re-engineer your classroom culture? Check out Designing the Future: How Engineering Builds Creative Critical Thinking in the Classroom. The associated website has lots of activities, projects, and resources you can implement immediately. Our fall workshops using the book as a roadmap for change have been highly successful. Start designing the future today - try using the customized Study Guide for a book study in your PLC. Or contact ProjectEngin or Solution Tree to learn how you can bring professional development based on Ann's book to your school, district, or conference.


Since 2006 when the flagship TGR Learning Lab opened its doors in Anaheim, CA, TGR Foundation has had a lot to celebrate, including its most recent milestone of one million students impacted by TGR EDU: Explore, alone.

Developed in partnership with Discovery Education, TGR EDU: Explore is a free digital resource library that offers interactive web experiences, lesson plans, training videos and tools for educators, students and families to explore new disciplines and gain skills for a modern and expanding workforce.

The climate crisis, rape culture, the wall-we think the patriarchy has done enough. Introducing " When Feminists Rule the World", a new podcast series from the Nobel Women's Initiative and producing partner MediaStyle. Hosted by Nicaraguan-born comedian, Martha Chaves, we're talking to badass feminist changemakers around the world about the future they are creating. It shouldn't be groundbreaking. But it is.
Entertainment For Change creates original song and dance (#SDGGROOVE) to educate young people on the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals. Like any meaningful social change, the original song and dance is a collaborative effort between more than 20 singers, dancers, writers and choreographers. Lauded vocalists Natalie Weiss and Antonio Cipriano lend their voices to the powerful lyrics, while each SDG is  danced by performers of all calibers.

To learn more about Entertainment for Change and #SDGGROOVE, visit our  website
Join the #NeedHerScience Campaign that is aimed at addressing journal-level gender bias. For decades, studies have demonstrated gender bias in publishing. This may occur at various stages in the process, including at the level of the 
journals. The equitable inclusion of women editors at every level is long overdue. Addressing journal gender bias starts at the top. 

AMWA is a strategic partner for the Need Her Science Campaign which is part of the Be Ethical Campaign. More information is available at www.SheLeadsHealthcare.com.

The goal: To raise awareness about gender bias in publishing and share with stakeholders, including journal editors and owners, the overall number of scientists, healthcare professionals and others who have taken the pledge. The pledge can be taken anonymously. Educators and others are encouraged to take the pledge and share information about this issue with colleagues and trainees. 

Here are 3 quick and easy things you can do to join the #NeedHerScience Campaign: 1. Disseminate the infographic Tips for Publishing in Medical Journals. 
2. Take the #NeedHerScience pledge. 
3. Encourage others to take the pledge. 

PLEDGE: "As part of determining where to submit my manuscripts, I will look at the list of editors and consider whether a journal has equitably included qualified women at every level."
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