Speaking Engagements

Dr. Starks’ Four Constructs of Social Justice

The lens through which one uses to see him/her/them-self as a unique individual; the lens through which society sees/views individuals and/or groups which may be grounded in labels, stereotypes, and biases.
The beliefs, values, norms, customs, language, and heritage of a particular group that are essential to their identity that they use to navigate life/the world without apologizing; often passed down from generation to generation.
A set of beliefs that value differences in perspectives, identities, backgrounds, religion, sexual orientation/preference, lifestyles, cultures, languages, etc.; includes yet is more than race, gender and class. Differences are our strengths it makes everyone better.
Treating yourself and everyone in high regard by appreciating and valuing difference when it comes to identity, culture and diversity.
recent speaking engagements


September, 2019
Mid-Atlantic Space Grant Consortia Meeting Charleston, West Virginia
"Space Grant and its Untapped Potential"

September, 2019
Indiana Space Grant Colloquium
Northern, Southern, & Central Indiana
“Diversity Strategic Planning” and “Being the Space Grant’s Messenger:
Increasing Minority Representation in STEM”

June, 2019
Optimizing the Research Intern Experience to Build Inclusion and Diversity in the Geosciences Workforce Conference
Woods Hole, Massachusetts
“STEM Recruitment and Beyond: The Messenger is the Medium (or “The Sociology of STEM”)”




Dr. Starks teaching on the power of Representation & Equality