Who is RIOS?
The Institute for a Racially Just, Inclusive, and Open STEM Education (RIOS Institute) is a virtual synthesis center led by a diverse set of individuals at the interface of open education, STEM post-secondary education, and leadership in social justice, equity, diversity, and inclusion (SJEDI).
Our Leadership Team consists of eleven personnel:
- 1 Fellow who sets priorities for Communications
- 2 Advisors who bring perspectives from students and libraries
- 4 Directors that oversee administrative duties, OER cyberinfrastructure and SJEDI
- 2 support staff who support communications, program, and administrative operations
- an external project evaluator who assesses how well our institute aligns and supports SJEDI principles
Carrie Diaz Eaton, PhD
Dr. Diaz Eaton is a mathematician, computational explorer, a discipline-based STEM education researcher, and co-founder of RIOS.
Karen Cangialosi, PhD
Dr. Cangialosi is the program director of OE Global’s CCCOER Regional Leaders of Open Education Network (RLOE), and co-founder of RIOS.
Kaitlin Bonner, PhD
Dr. Bonner is an associate professor of biology at St. John Fisher College, and a HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador, with a focus on data-centric OER.
Bryan Dewsbury, PhD
Dr. Dewsbury is an associate professor of biology at Florida International University, and the PI for the Science Education And Research program.
Krystie Wilfong is an associate college librarian at Bates College, where she works to increase awareness and adoption of open educational resources.
Sam Donovan, PhD
Dr. Donovan is the director of outreach and strategic engagement with the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium and the principal investigator for QUBES.
Student Advisor: Sokona Mangane
Sokona Mangane is a Mathematics major, Digital Computational Studies Minor, and a senior at Bates College. She’s currently a student advisor for RIOS.
Project Coordinator: Jackson Skinner
Jackson is the grant manager for RIOS. He has a Masters in Public Policy & Management, and previously worked on equitable distribution of public services.
Communications Fellow: Jasmine Roberts-Crews
Jasmine is a renowned speaker and advocate for socially-just open education, and lecturer in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University.
Communications and Community Manager: Alnycea Blackwell
Alnycea Blackwell is a communications professional and community builder/activist. She is committed to making STEM more inclusive and equitable.
External Evaluator: Robin Taylor, PhD
Dr. Taylor is the principal and senior evaluator of RTRES Consulting. She has worked as a professional evaluator of STEM education since 2004.
Tatiyana Garnes is a Bates alumna, and the grant manager & project coordinator of RIOS. She is passionate about making STEM actively anti-racist.
Student Advisor: Osceola Heard
Oscoela Heard is a student at Bates College, class of 2023, and the student advisor for RIOS.
Communications Manager: Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri, PhD
Dr. Echeverri is a spider scientist, educator, and freelance science communicator. He works to make science (and spiders) more accessible for everyone.
Dr. Maggie Diamond-Stanic
Dr. Diamond-Stanic is a biomedical researcher and the Grants Associate at Bates College. She was previously the project manager for SCORE and RIOS.