Space2inspire: Fostering an Open, Creative, and J.E.D.I. space!
March 3, 2022
Dr. Sian Proctor will present her inspiring journey to space and how that has implications for the future of education. She will discuss with Dr. Lisa Young about the interaction of Open Educational Resources and the evolving Web3 space and how that has implications for creating a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space (a J.E.D.I. Space) on Earth, in Space, and within the Metaverse.
Dr. Sian Proctor
Dr. Sian Proctor is a geoscientist, explorer, space artist, and astronaut. She was the mission pilot for the SpaceX Inspiration4 all-civilian orbital mission. She is the first black female to pilot a spacecraft and the first black commercial astronaut. She is also one of The Explorer’s Club 50: Fifty People Changing the World. Her motto is called Space2inspire where she encourages people to use their unique, one-of-a-kind strengths, and passion to inspire those within their reach and beyond. She believes that we need to actively strive for a J.E.D.I. space: a just, equitable, diverse, and inclusive space as we advance human spaceflight.
She uses her afrofuturism space art to encourage conversations about women of color in the space industry. She believes that when we solve for space, we also solve issues on Earth and she promotes the adoption of space technology to issues such as food waste and climate change.
Dr. Proctor spent 21 years as a professor teaching geology, sustainability, and planetary science at South Mountain Community College, in Phoenix, Arizona. She is currently the director of the Global Futures Institute for the Maricopa Community College District.
Dr. Lisa Young
Dr. Lisa C. Young has nearly 30 years of experience in higher education. She has had the opportunity to serve in a number of roles including faculty, program director, and the Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at colleges within the Maricopa Community College District. She has been designing and teaching online classes since 1997. In addition to her expertise in eLearning, she has also led initiatives in Open Education, Online Program Development, Learning Management System Transition, Student Success Strategies, and Strategic Planning. In regard to open education, Lisa has served as a founding member of the Maricopa Millions/Open Maricopa project, served on the executive board of the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources (CCCOER) as President and Vice President of Professional Development, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of OE Global. Dr. Young has earned a B.S. in Environmental Geography, M.Ed. in Learning and Instructional Technology, Ph.D. in Instructional Design for Online Learning, and a graduate certificate in Advanced Analytics in Higher Education.
Pathways to Open Education: Why our OERigin Stories Matter
March 4, 2022
How did you become involved with the Open Education Movement? The pathways that lead higher education professionals, faculty, and librarians to work in Open Education are numerous. Ursula Pike will discuss the lack of diversity of OER content creators that motivated her to create the open textbook OERigin Stories: Pathways to the Open Movement, an oral history of six women of color working in Open Education. Ms. Pike will explore how her own Native identity influences her approach to Open Education and what insights she gained from the women she interviewed for OERigin Stories.
Ursula Pike is the Associate Director of the Digital Higher Education Consortium of Texas and a Creative Writing instructor for Austin Community College. She is the co-VP of the Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion committee for the Community College Consortium for Open Educational Resources. Ms. Pike earned her Master’s degree in Economics from Western Illinois University and her MFA from the Institute of American Indian Arts. Ursula is an enrolled member of the Karuk Tribe and the author of An Indian Among Los Indígenas: A Native Travel Memoir (2021).