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 nine personnel: four visionary Fellows that help set leadership priorities and programming, and three directors that oversee administrative duties. In addition, our support staff include two communications experts, a student advisor, a project coordinator,  and a dedicated project evaluator. The work of our evaluator is crucial and unique in our approach as a learning organization, as it enables us to critically reflect on our progress and refine our work.


Carrie Diaz Eaton, PhD

Dr. Diaz Eaton earned degrees in mathematics, but also identifies as a biologist, a computational explorer, a natural philosopher, and a discipline-based STEM education researcher. Their professional research in interdisciplinary and inclusive STEM education is grounded in approaches from complex adaptive systems, evolution, and ecology. They co-founded and co-lead a number of community building support networks, including RIOS and EDSIN. Dr. Diaz Eaton was a 2018 SACNAS Leadership Institute Fellow and a 2021 Society for Mathematical Biology John Jungck Excellence in Education Prize winner. Dr. Diaz Eaton is also a proud first generation Latinx. She is also a mother to two children. Dr. Diaz Eaton values the complex interplay at the intersection of her identities, professional activism in STEM education, research, and teaching.

Website: https://inquire.catapult.bates.edu/diaz-eaton-lab/ | Twitter: @mathprofcarrie

Karen Cangialosi, PhD

Dr. Cangialosi is the Program Director of OE Global’s CCCOER Regional Leaders of Open Education Network (RLOE), an organization designed to build OE leadership in postsecondary institutions across North America. She facilitates an Open Practices learning community (PMN) for SCORE. She is frequently invited to present and consult about open education in the U.S. and abroad, and serves as a mentor and advisory board member for SCORE. She was Professor of Biology at Keene State College in Keene, NH for many years and gained broad recognition from integrating Open pedagogy and the practices of Open Science into her courses and the undergraduate Biology curriculum at KSC. As a steering committee member of Keene State College’s TREC (Truth, Reconciliation and Equity Collaborative) she co-facilitated a restorative justice circle on reckoning with whiteness, and is a street activist who has worked for years to advance women’s and LGBT rights.

Website: https://karencang.net/ | Twitter: @karencang

Kaitlin Bonner, PhD

Dr. Bonner is Associate Professor of Biology at St. John Fisher College, a small primarily liberal arts institution in Rochester, NY. With a background in population genetics and parasitology, her undergraduate research students focus on projects within the field of molecular ecology, as well as science education. She continues to lead professional development opportunities around using data in the classroom and conduct research on barriers to engaging in the OER lifecycle with respect to data-centric resources with her Co-PIs on the RCN Incubator: Designing an Infrastructure and Sustainable Learning Community for Integrating Data-Centric Teaching Resources in Undergraduate Biology Education. She has facilitated multiple FMNs using QUBES support and infrastructure.The FMNs that were directly related to the RCN focused on adoption, adaptation, and re-sharing of data-centric OER in the biology classroom. She is a HHMI BioInteractive Ambassador and has worked with HHMI BioInteractive to create new data-centric resources and a new data exploration platform. She serves as an Advisory Board member for SCORE and was a Co-PI on the RCN Incubator.

Bryan Dewsbury, PhD (he/him/his)

Dr. Dewsbury is an Associate Professor of Biology at the University of Rhode Island and a Gardner Institute Fellow where he assists with curriculum design as it pertains to inclusive practices. He is the Principal Investigator for the SEAS (Science Education And Research) program, which focuses on questions relating to identity constructs, bias, relationships, and the effects of those variables on learning in students (from K-PhD). He is ultimately interested in helping to re-frame the education discussion to better address questions of equity and community-building, with the belief that the solutions to these are equally as important as student exposure to content. His work addresses pressing issues such as student retention in STEM fields (especially in higher ed), the under-representation of minority groups in certain STEM fields, and the role of affect (instructor and student) in promoting student learning gains. He shares the results of these efforts through faculty development efforts across North America, helping institutions of higher education transform their practices toward more equitable outcomes.

Website: http://seasprogram.net | Twitter: @BMDewsbury | Instagram: @educationIsInclusion

Krystie Wilfong (she/her/hers)

Krystie is the Associate College Librarian for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications at Bates College, where she works to increase awareness of and promote use of open educational resources. She brings experience working within the library section, in the OER-Northeast community, and with funding from private foundations for OER.

Twitter: @wilfonglib

Sam Donovan, PhD (he/him/his)

Dr. Donovan is the Director of Outreach and Strategic Engagement with the BioQUEST Curriculum Consortium, a 35 year strong biology education reform community. He was the PI for the Quantitative Undergraduate Biology Education and Synthesis Project (QUBES) which focused on using an online scientific gateway to amplify STEM reform and promote the scholarship of teaching and learning. His research background is in evolutionary biology and science education.

Student Advisor: Osceola Heard

Oscoela is a student at Bates College, class of 2023.

Project Coordinator: Tatiyana Garnes (she/her/hers)

Tatiyana, B.A in Biology, is a recent addition to our team as a Grant Manager/Project Coordinator. As an alumni of Bates College (Class of 2021), she is passionate about STEM and anti-racism. She enjoys this work as Open Educational Resources is extremely important for people of marginalized communities that have dreams of pursuing STEM to any degree. Tatiyana is a proud Caribbean-American and First Generation graduate who wants to use her personal experience in pursuing STEM as a way to create change for future generations.

Communications Fellow: Jasmine Roberts-Crews (she/her/hers)

Jasmine is a lecturer in the School of Communication at The Ohio State University. As a renowned speaker, writer, and author, her works centers on digital activism, socially-just open education, and advocating for the betterment of BIPOC communities, women, and queer communities.

Website: https://comm.osu.edu/people/roberts-crews.1 | Twitter: @ProfJasmine

Communications Manager: Sebastian Alejandro Echeverri, PhD (he/him/his)

Dr. Echeverri is a spider scientist, educator, and freelance science communicator. He is passionate about making science (and spiders!) fun and accessible--both to the public, and to the wonderful diversity of scientists and scientists-in-training.

Website: https://www.spiderdaynightlive.com/ | Twitter: @SpiderdayNight | Instagram: @SpiderdayNightLive


External Evaluator: Robin Taylor, PhD (she/her/hers)

Dr. Taylor is the Principal and Senior Evaluator of RTRES Consulting (a small business focused on helping STEM programs use data effectively to strengthen the quality and outcomes of their projects). Taylor has worked as a professional evaluator of STEM education and workforce development programs since 2004 with positions in higher education and non-profits. She has strong experience in measuring, tracking, and reporting on diversity initiatives to increase the representation of underserved groups within STEM education programs.