Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb S.T.E.A.M. Women’s Empowerment Conference Ambassadors Program

The S.T.E.A.M. Conference Ambassadors Program (SCAP) is a volunteer student leadership program designed for students who are interested in learning more about women’s empowerment and the behind the scenes ways to create programming geared towards supporting and motivating women in a university setting. In order to participate, candidates must fill out the program application and register for the conference by Friday, December 21, 2018. Please note: The Ambassador Program application will close on that date, no exceptions

Program Goals

To engage in and foster dialogue on gender equality and women’s empowerment.To empower student leaders to be able to identify a skill they have exercised that during the conference preparation or execution that they can apply in future vocation.

To explore the core values of the Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb S.T.E.A.M. Women’s Empowerment Conference, understand the collective vision and learn tools to apply these principles in everyday life. To raise student leaders’ awareness of barriers (i.e., individual and structural) to women’s success in STEAM fields/industries.

To develop and apply transferable skills, via planning a women’s empowerment conference and use these skills to enhance career growth and progression. To raise student leaders’ awareness of strategies for navigating barriers to success in STEAM fields/industries.


After executing the Plumber Cobb STEAM conference, attending the training session(s) and engaging in the book read, leaders will be able to:

  • Outcome 1: Identify 2 skills learned or enhanced from conference execution that can be transferred or applied to their intended careers.
  • Outcome 2: Articulate 2 potential barriers to women’s success in STEAM industries/fields.
  • Outcome 3: Articulate 2 strategies to navigate individual and/or structural barriers to women’s success in STEAM industries/fields.

2019 Book Read

Application Requirements:

To be considered for admission to the S.T.E.A.M. Conference Ambassadors program, each applicant must meet the requirements listed below:

  • Have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA at the time of application. Applicants with a 2.7 cumulative GPA will receive preference in the review process.
  • Be available to attend the conference on Saturday, March 30th 2019. All Ambassadors must be available throughout the entire conference (7:30am-5:30pm) to setup, engage with attendees, and break down the conference.
  • Must complete 15 hours of training (trainings will be held on Friday afternoons in February), office hours and tabling.
  • Must participate in the program read and write a post-conference reflection (500-750 words) that describes how this program, book read and conference have impacted their development and understanding of women’s empowerment. ESSAYS WILL BE PUBLISHED ON OUR WEBSITE.

Applications are reviewed by the S.T.E.A.M. Conference Ambassadors program chairs. A recommendation on the application is made to the Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb Conference Chairs who will then makes the final decision. Applicants should anticipate an application decision by January 16th, 2019.

S.T.E.A.M. Conference Ambassadors program (SCAP) Team

Joan Collier, PhD
Associate Director for Assessment and Research for Residence Life

Danielle Arrieta
Residence Life Coordinator for Frelinghuysen and Hardenbergh Hall

Terri Tozzi
Graduate Intern, Student Involvement

Christina Caronna
Graduate Intern, Student Involvement

Undergraduate Advisors

Jennifer Jiang, Chanel Jordan and Sneha Gupta


For questions about the Ambassador Program please contact the program team.

STEAM Ambassadors Faculty Mentors

Faculty mentors are not only an invited distinguished guest to the conference, they also provide mentorship to the STEAM Ambassadors during the Faculty Lunch and Learn, our STEAM Conference signature event on Wednesday, February 27th. The Faculty Lunch and Learn is an opportunity for faculty mentors to engage with the student leaders in the Ambassadors program and share wisdom and strategies for success, managing/overcoming challenges, dreaming bigger, and building relationships with key figures in their personal and professional lives that can support career and goal attainment.

Faculty Mentors

Dr. Felicia McGinty

Executive Vice Chancellor for Administration

Dr. Anne Newman

Associate Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs and Dean of Students

Keisha Dabrowski

Chief of Staff and Executive Director of Strategic Communication and Initiatives

Dr. Cecilia Vargas

Assistant Dean, School of Engineering

Dr. Dayna Weintraub

Director of Research and Assessment

Issata Oluwadare

Associate Dean for Students, Honors College

Candiece A White

Assistant Dean, School of Engineering

Dr. Francesca M. Maresca

Director of Health Outreach, Promotion & Education

Shawna Rodgers

Director of Development

Dr. Zaneta Rago-Craft

Director for the Center for Social Justice Education and LGBT Communities

Neela Patel

Senior Director, Student Centers and Activities