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CEO Forums

CEO hosts socials and monthly lunchtime forums from October through May. Socials are informal events that encourage community building and networking. Forums are lunchtime presentation/discussions that encourage skill-building and information sharing. Events are open to all. Except when indicated on the event description (below), RSVP is not required.

Forums focus on such topics as diversity and broadening participation in STEM, innovations in teaching and learning, informal science education, assessment of learning impacts, implementation of K-12 Next Generation Science Standards, new research in the science of teaching and learning, federal and state STEM education policy, and more. Forums may take the form of single speaker presentations, panels, workshops, or field trips. All events are informal, with ample time dedicated to discussion and idea-sharing. Attendees are welcome to bring their brown-bag lunches to meetings.

Forum topics are conceived, planned, and organized by and for CEO members. If you have a topic you’d like to present, please contact CEO co-chairs Kate Spohr or Dan Zevin.

CEO events are ADA accessible. For disability accommodation requests and information, please contact Disability Access Services by phone at 510.643.6456 (voice) or 510.642.6376 (TTY) or by email at


Tuesday, Nov 6, 12-1:30 pm
What the data tell us about persistence in lower-division prerequisites for STEM majors.
Presenters: Andrew Eppig, Institutional Research Analyst, UC Berkeley Div. of Equity and Inclusion and Roshni Wadhwani, Research Associate, Public Profit. Berkeley’s STEM departments have long struggled to improve persistence among non-traditional undergraduates, including women, underrepresented minorities, students with disabilities, and students from low socioeconomic backgrounds. Previous analyses have shown that persistence gaps appear by the time these students complete their lower-division course requirements, typically in their second year of study. Until recently, however, we have not known where and when these persistence gaps begin. In this presentation, Eppig and Wadhwani discuss the results of a new analysis that tracks intended majors across all STEM fields from year one through graduation, producing high-resolution metrics on student persistence across time. Their analysis highlights persistence patterns, identifies barrier courses, and pinpoints junctures where timely interventions might significantly improve the persistence of STEM majors. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

Tuesday, Dec 4, noon to 1:30 pm
Making the most of digital resources at the Berkeley Library: A workshop for STEM E&O professionals.
Presenters: Michael Sholinbeck, Outreach Instruction Librarian, and Margaret Phillips, Librarian. Location: 290 Hearst Memorial Mining Building [map].

For a list of past CEO forums, visit our event archive.