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he ARC Network welcomed the fourth Virtual Visiting Scholars (VVS) cohort, Drs. Rodica Lisnic, Dawn Culpepper, and Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup, to discuss their VVS projects! The VVS program annually supports 2-4 selected scholars to complete metasyntheses and meta-analyses of existing literature on topics relevant to equity in STEM. Read further for bios on each scholar.

Speaker Bios:
Dr. Dawn Kiyoe Culpepper is the Associate Director and an Assistant Research Professor at the University of Maryland’s ADVANCE Program for Inclusive Excellence. Dr. Culpepper’s research broadly examines diversity, equity, and inclusion in the academic workplace. She focuses on policies, practices, and resources that foster equity, disrupt bias, spur organizational effectiveness, and create conditions where women and BIPOC scholars can thrive. She has held leadership roles on several NSF-funded projects, including the Faculty Workloads and Rewards Project funded by NSF-ADVANCE and social science research on faculty hiring funded by NSF-AGEP. Dr. Culpepper leverages research to inform practice, leading faculty development and educational initiatives across UMD’s campus. She completed her BA in Government at the University of Virginia, her MEd in Higher Education Administration at NC State University, and her PhD in Higher Education at the University of Maryland.

Dr. Rodica Lisnic is a Sociologist with over 6 years of teaching and research experience. She currently teaches at the Department of Sociology and Criminology at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville. Originally from Moldova, Rodica has found another home in Arkansas. Rodica has a bachelor’s in Law Studies from Romania, a master’s degree in Sociology and an interdisciplinary PhD degree in Public Policy from the University of Arkansas. Her research focus is on investigating gender and race inequality, institutional policies, and practices in the context of higher education institutions.

Dr. Rachele Hendricks-Sturrup is a health scientist and journalist with a background in biology and health policy. Her work involves conducting implementation research on topics focused on the 21st Century Cures Act and engaging professionals from industry, academia, government, and civil society to develop ethical, legal, and social best practices to support health technology innovation. As a journalist, Dr. Hendricks-Sturrup has interviewed and written several articles about the personal and professional journeys of women in STEM, which are read by diverse audiences across the world.

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