Dr. Shari Earnest Watkins is a Senior Research Fellow, for the Center for Teaching, Research, and Learning at American University. Dr. Watkins received her Ph.D. in Science Education from the University of Delaware. Dr. Watkins’ research focuses on increasing the Science and Engineering (S&E) career attainment for K-20 students who have been historically underrepresented and marginalized in S&E through scholarship that focuses on equity and inclusion. Dr. Watkins also focuses on scientists of color, science teacher education, informal science learning and professional development for K-12 science teachers. Dr. Watkins is an active member of her science education community, and serves as the Secretary of Continental and Diasporic Africa in Science Education (CADASE) a research interest group, (RIG) of NARST, a worldwide organization devoted to improving science learning and teaching through research.