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Diversity & Culture of Inclusion

CASFER is dedicated to creating a diverse, inclusive environment where members from all backgrounds are ready to contribute to their fullest potential toward a nitrogen circular economy.

CASFER engages a diverse range of communities underrepresented in STEM through the nitrogen circular economy by acknowledging the varied backgrounds and experiences of each participant and facilitating their engagement in engineering through multimodal, multilevel entry points and cut across socioeconomic and cultural boundaries.

CASFER’s culture of inclusion is evident throughout the organization, from center leadership to partner institutions. Currently, CASFER leadership represents females at 66.7%, males at 33.3%, with 27.8% of the team representing cultural diversity and 33.3% underrepresented minorities, divided between Hispanics at 22.2% and African Americans at 5.6%.

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Jessica Spott, PhD 

Engineering Workforce Development Co-Director; Diversity & Culture of Inclusion Co-Director 

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Lauren Biddlecombe

Diversity & Culture of Inclusion Co-Director 

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Lizanne DeStefano, PhD 

Engineering Workforce Development Co-Director; Diversity & Culture of Inclusion Co-Director