Unconscious Bias: Girls, STEAM and Leadership

June 9-11, 2021

Due to the need for extended social distancing in 2020, the Faculty Summer Institute has been rescheduled for June 2021. 


Join public and private school teachers at Atlanta Girls’ School as we explore stereotype threat, unconscious bias, and gain training to support underrepresented students interested in pursuing careers in STEAM.

The Data

The National Center for Women and Information Technology states that in 2017, 26% of the computing workforce were women. Of those women in this field, 3% were African American, 5% were Asian, and 1% were Hispanic. The projected number of U.S. computing-related job openings expected by the year 2026 is 3.5 million, and only 17% of these jobs could be filled by U.S. computing bachelor’s degree recipients that year.

Our increasingly complex global society calls on educators equipped to guide all students, and young women in particular, through an interdisciplinary and culturally relevant perspective.

About the Institute

The 3-day Institute will include both public and private school educators to explore best practices and research that shows how to engage girls, young women, and students of diverse backgrounds in interdisciplinary learning that highlights STEAM by promoting awareness, education, and networking opportunities.

Sessions to include:

  • STEAM and interdisciplinary teaching and learning strategies
  • Growth mindset, stereotype threat, and unconscious bias
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion work
  • Insight from universities such as Emory University, Spelman College, Savannah College of Art and Design, and Georgia Institute of Technology

Institute Leaders

James Campbell
James Campbell

STEAM Interdisciplinary Specialist

Keynote Speaker - Dr. Lisa Damour


Lisa Damour, Ph.D. writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times and is a regular contributor to CBS News. She serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. Dr. Damour maintains a private psychotherapy practice and consults and speaks internationally.

Dr. Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development and is the author of two New York Times bestsellers: Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.

A Denver native, Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and then worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has held fellowships from Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and from the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. Dr. Damour draws on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to girls as well as to their parents, teachers, and advocates.

For more information, visit her website at www.drlisadamour.com

Speakers & Session Leaders from 2019 (2021 Speakers TBA)

Suzy Beckham, Ph.D
Suzy Beckham, Ph.D

Science and Math Department

Cheryl D. Cofield
Cheryl D. Cofield

Corporate Leadership Trainer, Executive Coach

Elizabeth L. Haines, Ph.D.
Elizabeth L. Haines, Ph.D.

Gender Stereotype Expert, Research Scientist, and Organizational

Naitnaphit Limlamai
Naitnaphit Limlamai

Doctoral Candidate, Joint Program in English and Education at the University of Michigan

Dr. Tamara Pearson
Dr. Tamara Pearson

Associate Director of School and Community Engagement, CEISMC at Georgia Institute of Technology

Dr. Imani Michelle Scott
Dr. Imani Michelle Scott

Consultant, human communication and conflict analysis and resolution

Faculty Summer Institute Schedule 2021

(Tentative Schedule – To be Finalized in May 2020)

Sample Schedule
Day 1 

5:00 p.m. Meet & Greet at Atlanta Girls’ School

6:00 p.m. Dinner at Local 3

Day 2 
Time Title Topic
7:20 Hotel Pick-Up  
8:00 Coffee/Treats  
8:30 Welcome  
9:00 Activity  
9:30 Opening Keynote Speaker
10:30 BREAK  
10:45 Session #1 STEAM workshops (20-minute rotation)
12:00  LUNCH  
12:45 Session #2 TBD
2:00 Session #3 TBD
3:15 Session #4 TBD
4:30 Closing Dinner on your own; explore Atlanta
Sample Schedule – Day 3 
Time Title Topic
7:20 Hotel Pick-up  
8:00 Coffee/Treats  
8:30 Activity Interactive and Reflective
9:30 Session #5 TBD
10:30 BREAK  
10:45 Session #6 TBD
12:00 LUNCH  
12:45 Session #7 Field Trip
2:00 Final Activity Reflection 
3:15 Closing & Departure  


A block of rooms will be reserved at the Fairfield Inn and Suites Atlanta Vinings/Galleria. Information on how to make reservations is forthcoming. 

Hotel Info:
Fairfield Inn and Suites Atlanta Vinings/Galleria
2450 Paces Ferry Road
Atlanta, GA 30339


This summer institute is for educators who wish to explore and gain practical training in STEAM interdisciplinary teaching and learning with a focus on growth mindsets, stereotype threat, and unconscious bias.

No, it is an inclusive space for all teachers across grade levels, designed for those most interested in advancing access and opportunity for girls and underrepresented students in STEAM.

Yes, light breakfast treats, lunch, and dinner the first evening are all included.

Yes, there will be an AGS shuttle bus that will pick up and drop off at the designated hotel at the end of each day.

If you register by January 17, 2021, you will receive your book on the first day of the Institute during registration.  Registration will open in the fall of 2020.