#WCWinSTEM: Renetta G. Tull, PhD
This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Dr. Renetta G. Tull, associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at UMBC.
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Renetta Garrison Tull received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University. She then went on to complete her M.S. in Engineering and a Ph.D. in Speech Science. Currently Dr. Tull serves as the Director of Graduate and Professional Pipeline Development and the Special Assistant to the Senior Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, for the 12 Institutions of the University System of Maryland. She is also the associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Development & Postdoctoral Affairs for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC).
Dr. Tull is the Co-Principal Investigator (PI) and Founding Director for the National Science Foundation’s PROMISE: Maryland’s Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) for the 12 University of Maryland institutions. She is also Co-PI for the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate program at UMBC. She has worked with thousands of students from Alaska to Puerto Rico and in Latin America through different graduate school preparation workshops sponsored by AGEP, the National GEM Consortium, NSBE, Society for Hispanic Professional Engineers, SACNAS and Native American Scientists. She has done a number of workshops on graduate school admissions, “The Success Equation,” STEM initiatives, and PhD completion in places such as: Panama, Mexico, Ecuador, Colombia, Puerto Rico and schools across the US.
Dr. Tull’s mission and passion is to develop initiatives that create access to STEM education and career opportunities, particularly underrepresented minorities globally. Dr. Tull also conducts research on theoretical constructs that affect equity and access. She explained, “I do this work because I see gaps that need to be filled. I hear silence in places where voices need to be heard. I see a world that has the potential to recognize and utilize brilliance that comes from those who are traditionally outside of the mainstream.”
Dr. Tull on highlighting WOC in STEM
Dr. Tull feels that #WOCinSTEM are not fully recognized in many circles. Their contributions are often diminished and their spirits are crushed, yet they have so much to offer.
“Recognition is needed so that women themselves can feel empowered to act, investigate, create and discover… it is also needed so that men will become cognizant of the talent that women REGULARLY bring to the table.”
I had the pleasure of meeting Dr. Renetta Tull this past weekend at Promise AGEP’s #ThinkBigDiversity conference. Her positive spirit and her passion for mentoring and pouring into students is truly genuine. Check out the tweets from the event using the hashtag: #ThinkBigDiversity.
Thank you Dr. Tull for all that you bring to the #STEM community!
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