NWACC faculty member named to national board

Dr. Wendi J.W. Williams, a NorthWest Arkansas Community College faculty member, was named to the board of directors for the national Triangle Coalition for STEM Education.

The Coalition is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit organization focused on communication, advocacy and programming efforts to advance science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for all students.

Williams, a faculty member in the college’s division of science  and mathematics, was one of six new members elected to the national board. Williams will serve through the end of 2016 and represents the National Association of Geoscience Teachers.

In addition to serving on the faculty at NWACC, she is a faculty member in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Department of Earth Sciences. Williams commits her time to assisting first generation, STEM underrepresented students with learning about opportunities afforded by higher education. She works with the intent to recruit talent into geoscience vocations by teaching in pre-college programs targeting middle/high school students (through the University of Texas-El Paso, the UA at Little Rock, the UA, and the Women’s Foundation of Arkansas’ “Girls of Promise”).

She has also been a long-time advocate for better inclusion of persons with disabilities.

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Williams is a member of the National Science Teachers Association, National Earth Science Teachers Association, and the International Association for Geoscience Diversity. She is also a member of the Arkansas Governor’s Earthquake Advisory and Pre-Disaster Mitigations Councils.

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