Catalina Martinez is the Regional Program Manager for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research with an office on the URI GSO Campus. A certified diversity professional with three graduate degrees from URI (MS Oceanography, MMA Marine Affairs, MBA), Ms. Martinez works on a variety of regional and National efforts to increase representation of U.S. minorities and women in STEM fields. Ms. Martinez has been hosting workshops on the issues and challenges individuals face in environments where they are historically underrepresented for more than 12 years, and she consistently works to help increase potential for life success for individuals born to challenging circumstances. She was honored with the URI Diversity Award for Staff/Administrator Excellence in Leadership and Service in 2010 for this work, and was recently awarded the YWCA 2015 Women of Achievement Award in Rhode Island for promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity.
Workshop Title: Equity Through Inclusion: Increasing the Potential for Minority Success in Majority Settings
Workshop Description: This workshop will investigate challenges and barriers to success for underrepresented minorities existing within majority settings such as academia or the workplace. Through discussions, breakout groups and activities, participants will gain self awareness in areas of identity and bias that will lead to greater understanding of self and others, will learn to alter outcomes through deliberate thoughts and actions, and through sharing of ideas, will learn new tools for success when facing obstacles of inequity.
Workshop Time: Session I and II in Multicultural Student Services Center Hardge Forum Room 100