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#BigBeacon Twitter chat – June 10 – Equity in Engineering/K12 STEM Education


Join Dr. Meagan Pollock and Dr. Fay Cobb Payton as they discuss:

How Do You Define Equity in Engineering or K12 STEM Education?

About the Hosts

meagan_pollock_photoDr. Meagan Pollock is the Director of Professional Development for the National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity. Before turning her focus on the intersection of education and equity, Meagan worked as an engineer for Texas Instruments. Meagan was a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, and she holds a PhD in engineering education from Purdue University, a MS in electrical engineering from Texas Tech University, and a BS in computer science from Texas Woman’s University. Meagan currently develops programs and products that help educators improve equity in the classroom, ultimately to increase the participation of women and students of color in high-demand, high-wage careers. Meagan has been a #BigBeacon volunteer since 2012. As an engineer turned educator, Meagan is focused on engineering equity into education.

Connect: LinkedIn | Twitter


FayPaytonDr. Fay Cobb Payton is the director and founder of, a social network, UX experience that focuses on health disparities and social media technology interventions. My Health Impact  provides “voice” for the millennial generation about health topics, such as HIV and mental health, and technology innovation. Dr. Payton is an editor for Health Systems, an OR Society journal, and is an Associate Professor of Information Systems at North Carolina State University. She received the 2013 National Coalition of Women in Information Technology (NCWIT) Undergraduate Mentoring Award.

She has presented to a number of organizations and professional IT organizations on the topics of leadership development, under representation and inclusion of minorities and women in the executive ranks. She has worked with local, national and international groups to explore the intersectional aspects of race, gender and class along the K-16, industry and academic #STEM pipeline.

She earned a Ph.D. in Information & Decision Systems (with a specialty in Health Care Systems) from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to joining the academy, she worked in corporate IT and consulting for IBM, Ernst & Young/Cap Gemini and Time, Inc. Dr. Payton was featured in Diversity Careers in Engineering and Information Technology for her mentoring work with minority and majority #STEM undergraduate and doctoral students.

Follow Dr. Payton at her personal Twitter account @drfayonline.

See on the web and follow on them on Twitter @myhealthimpact.

How to Twitter Chat

If you’ve never Twitter chatted before, don’t worry; it’s very easy! First, get a Twitter account if you don’t already have one, and log in. At 8 PM ET on Wednesday go to and type #BigBeacon into the search box on Twitter. Thereafter all the tweets with the hashtag #BigBeacon will show up on your Twitter page. To participate, simply express your opinion by sending a tweet, and be sure to append the hashtag #BigBeacon so other members of the Twitter Chat see you are posting. Alternatively, automate the hashtag search and append feature by using the free service Tchat at

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