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Dr. Renetta Garrison Tull is Associate Vice Provost for Graduate Student Professional Development & Postdoctoral Affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC: An Honors University in Maryland). She is Co-PI and Director for the National Science Foundationâs PROMISE: Maryland's Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) for the University System of Maryland, and the Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate at UMBC. Dr. Tull earned the B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Howard University, the M.S. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Speech Science from Northwestern University. She was a postdoctoral researcher and member of the faculty at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She led "The Speech Technology Lab at Madison" in The Trace Research & Development Center, part of the UW-Madison College of Engineering, and focused research efforts on technology solutions for persons with disabilities.
Tull trains students, faculty, and administrators around the world on issues related to diversity in STEM. She co-led the Puerto Rico "ADVANCE Hispanic Women in STEM" project, and co-chaired both the Latin and Caribbean Consortium of Engineering Institutions' (LACCEI) "Women in STEM" forum and the Foro Estudiantil (Student Forum) in Latin America. She is a liaison to the Office of the Chancellor at Universidad Metropolitana (San Juan, Puerto Rico), leads the annual Graduate School Workshop at the Research Symposium for Sistema Universitario Ana G. Mendez (SUAGM) in Puerto Rico, led the 2014 "Mujeres en STEM y Diversidad" forum for Latin America through LACCEI in Ecuador, co-led the Women in STEM forum at the 2014 World Engineering Education Forum (WEEF) in Cartagena, Colombia, and chaired the "Women in Engineering, Partnerships & Professional Development" session at the 2014 WEEF conference in the United Arab Emirates. She has a new collaboration with TecnolÃ³gico de Monterrey in Mexico, and has been recently invited to address faculty representatives from Salvadoran universities in El Salvador.
Dr. Tull's research on broadening participation in STEM using social science concepts and cultural competencies, has been presented across the U.S., and in various places around the world, e.g., Panama, Mexico, Colombia, Ecuador, and Dubai. Her work on "The Jessica Effect" and culturally-responsive mentoring was mentioned at the White House College Opportunity Initiative workshop held at UMBC in 2014, and again during her appearance on The Atlantic's media panel, "A New America: Empowering Hispanic Millennials for Tech Leadership." She is proud to be a 2015 "Cover Girl for Women in Data," for O'Reilly Media, and is a Lifetime Honorary Member of Tau Beta Pi — Eminent Engineer, DC Alpha Chapter. She will be participating in the International Forum for the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), and has an article in press for ASEE Prism that discusses global opportunities for engineering students. Connect with Renetta Tull via Twitter @Renetta_Tull.