Education Keynote

Gilda Barabino

Keynote Speaker

Aloha Spirit Unleashed: Building Unity Through Inclusion

Monday, March 18, 2024

Keynote Speaker Bio

Gilda Barabino is President and Professor of Biomedical and Chemical Engineering at Olin College. A thought-leader and sought-after speaker in health, STEM education, public policy, and equity and inclusion in science and engineering, she is also a path-breaking investigator in the areas of sickle cell disease, tissue engineering, and the role of race and gender in STEM.

Dr. Barabino is Past President and Board Chair of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), the world's largest multidisciplinary scientific society. She is a Fellow of AAAS, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers, the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the Biomedical Engineering Society. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Recently, she co-chaired the groundbreaking National Academies report on Advancing Antiracism, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in STEM Organizations.

Prior to joining Olin, she served as Dean and Daniel and Frances Berg Professor at The City College of New York Grove School of Engineering; Vice Provost for Academic Diversity at Georgia Tech; and Professor and Associate Chair for Graduate Studies and Professor in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University. She began her academic career at Northeastern University.

Dr. Barabino earned her BS in Chemistry from Xavier University of Louisiana and her PhD in Chemical Engineering from Rice University. She holds honorary degrees from both Dartmouth College and Xavier University of Louisiana.

Program Overview

As a people, we are bound by our humanity, our stories, our need to bond, and our need to collaborate. The spirit of aloha, the force binding us together, when fully tapped, brings unity. Within our organizations, our individual and collective success depends upon unity that is achieved through the creation of cultures of inclusion and belonging. With an emphasis on the scientific enterprise, this presentation will address frameworks for inclusion and belonging and the role that we all play in creating and sustaining unified supportive environments built on cultures of inclusion and belonging.

Be sure to join us in Hawaii, to be a part of Gilda Barabino's keynote address kicking off the 25th Annual Financial Research Administration Conference, Monday, March 18, 2024.

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