Parent workshop panels

The 2019 EYH at Berkeley Parent Workshop will be held on March 9th, 2019 from 9 AM - 11:40 AM during the girl's conference. The Parent Workshop is designed to provide information for parents on financial aid, college prep, and STEM activities through question and answer panels with featured guest speakers. You can register for the parents' conference here. Here is the schedule from last year's conference:

2018 Schedule

8:30-9:00 am Registration
9:00 am   Panel Introductions
9:20 am   Keynote Speaker
9:45 am    Start first round breakout session
10:15 am    Start second round breakout session
10:45 am    Start third round breakout session
11:30 am    Last Panel Ends- Feedback and Survey

Breakout session topics

  • Financial aid and paying for college 
  • STEM extracurricular activities
  • College prep


2017 Speakers and Panelists

Keynote speaker:  Dr. Ming Hammond, Professor of Chemistry and Molecular & Cell Biology and creator of YouSTEM

Financial Aid and Paying for College Panel

STEM Extracurricular Activities Panel
  • Dr. Jagruti Vedamati:  representative for the Ocean Sciences Bowl, previously a program coordinator for SMASH, and previously an educator for Upward Bound. Jagruti Vedamati is a versatile and passionate science educator with multiple experiences teaching at different levels and settings. 
  • Melanie David:  Admission advisor for Transfer Admission Guarantee Programs
  • Catherine Park:  Director of Camps at Lawrence Hall of Science. As manager of the camp programs at the Lawrence Hall of Science at UC Berkeley, Catherine seeks to empower individuals and communities through STEM education.
  • Abigail Garcia: Associate Director for the Pre-College TRIO Programs
  • Eva Gutierrez: After School Program Coordinator, Girls Inc., of Alameda County. Eva Gutierrez is a native of the California’s Central Valley and has been serving the out of school time field for 5 years. Eva attended the University of California, Davis and majored in Biology with an emphasis in Evolution and Ecology. Eva made her home in the bay area and decided to pursue a career in education to provide access and exposure to budding young scientists. She began working for Girls Inc. of Alameda County in middle school STEM programs in Oakland. Since beginning at Girls Inc., Eva has held multiple positions including both direct service and coordinating in after school programs. Eva currently works as the After School Program Coordinator at Horace Mann Elementary in East Oakland.
  • Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen: Site Director of SMASH Berkeley, Level Playing Field. Dr. Cohen is a native San Franciscan who earned her associate’s degree from City College of San Francisco and her B.S. in biology from Howard University. In 2010, she earned her doctorate in biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology from the Johns Hopkins University, School of Medicine. Dr. Cohen is passionate about changing the stereotyped image of STEM professionals. Having first-hand experience inside the STEM education pipeline, she understands the challenges and resources needed and brings a valuable skill set to leverage energy and intelligence with information and results. Drawing on her science background, she brings a highly analytic, data-driven and perceptive approach to solving problems. Not your stereotyped science geek, Dr. Cohen is a vibrant advocate with a unique talent for generating synergy.
  • Jennifer Gaspar Santos:  Director of Educational Technology at St. Ignatius Prep and Moderator of Girls Who Code (will be participating via Google Hangout)
College Prep Panel

  • Ginnie Sadil:  UC Berkeley advisor for undeclared majors in the College of Natural Resources
  • Quincy Jones:  UC Berkeley Assistant Director of Admissions. Quincy Jones has demonstrated a history of working in higher education and spent time working in various Nonprofit Organizations advising and support students in college access knowledge. Currently pursuing a Master of Education (M.Ed.) focused in Equity and Social Justice in Education from San Francisco State University.
  • Dr. Sally Thompson:  UC Berkeley Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
  • Ashley Allston: Ashley Allston is a UC Berkeley Alumna and a 1st generation college student, who currently works as the Director of Student Life at College Track Oakland.

Please see our FAQ page for more general conference information.