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Twitter Chat: Equity and Access in STEM

bb_twitterchatJoin NAPE CEO Mimi Lufkin in a Twitter Chat About Access & Equity in STEM

NAPE CEO Mimi Lufkin will lead a discussion about equity and access in STEM as a guest host of the Big Beacon Twitter Chat on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, at 8 PM ET. The weekly #BigBeacon Twitter Chat is a time when educators, professionals, and students alike come together to discuss topics, explore ideas, and build community around the common goal of transforming engineering education. Look for hashtag #BigBeacon every Wednesday at 8 pm EST.

UPDATE 9/18/2013 Read the Storify Transcript/Summary of the Twitter Chat here.

Mimi Lufkin NAPE CEO
Mimi Lufkin
Chief Executive Officer, NAPE

About Mimi Lufkin

Mimi Lufkin has more than 30 years of experience as an educator and as an administrator of local and state-level projects in California and Pennsylvania. Mimi’s career in education began in 1979 when she was employed as a high school agricultural education teacher in California. From 1979 to 1994, she was a teacher educator, an executive director of a women’s microenterprise development agency, and the director of development for a community college. In 1994, Mimi moved to Pennsylvania and became NAPE’s executive director. In this capacity she reviews and analyzes federal legislation, conducts professional development activities, and provides technical assistance to state and local educational agencies focused on best practices for serving special population students. Mimi received a B.S. in animal science from University of California, Davis, an M.S. in agricultural sciences from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo, and an M.A. in educational administration from St. Mary’s College.

About National Alliance for Partnerships in Equity (NAPE)

NAPE2NAPE is a national, nonprofit consortium of state and local agencies, corporations, and national organizations that collaborate to create equitable and diverse classrooms and workplaces where there are no barriers to opportunities. The NAPE Education Foundation has been involved in a number of initiatives to increase diversity in America’s workforce and to increase opportunities in high-skill, high-wage, high-demand careers. Among these is the National Science Foundation-funded STEM Equity Pipeline Project, which works with educational systems to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM education. For more information, visit

About Big Beacon

The Big Beacon is a Movement to Transform Engineering Education. An Illinois not-for-profit corporation, Big Beacon was organized to catalyze a global social movement to transform engineering education. The Big Beacon connects dots among individuals and organizations to collaboratively disrupt the status quo, thereby bringing about change to align engineering education (and by association K-12 STEM education) with the creativity imperative of our times. Read the Big Beacon Manifesto at

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, September 11, 2013, 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.
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