• williams.leti@gmail.com
  • Howard University

Biography

Leticia Williams is currently a doctoral student at Howard University in the Communication, Culture, and Media Studies program. After completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Southern California, Leticia joined Fox Sports and MyNetworkTV as a research analyst. This experience as an analyst prompted Leticia’s curiosity in communication, media studies, technology, and her return to academia at California State University Fresno where earned a master’s degree in communication. She has collaborated with faculty to incorporate technology and social media into the classroom, and studied how scientists communicate their research, and the role of communication in increasing awareness of issues related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity.

Current Research

Leticia Williams’ research interests include science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, mentoring underrepresented STEM students, science communication, and digital communication. Shifting demographics, an insufficient workforce, and the need for innovation warrant the demand for broader participation by students of color in STEM. The underrepresentation of African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans in STEM has increasingly demonstrated the need for recruitment and retention programs in higher education in the United States. The objective of Leticia’s current research is to examine how to broaden STEM curriculum to dispel gender and racial stereotypes in science, and facilitate enhanced multicultural mentoring practices among STEM faculty and STEM professionals to matriculate underrepresented students into the STEM pipeline.

 

Presentations/Publications

-2015: #STEMdiversity: Utilizing Twitter to increase awareness about diversity in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Minorities and Communication (MAC) division, First place student category award. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

-2014: The eyeballs are tweeting: A content analysis of social TV. National Communication Association Convention.

-2014: The dark side of social media: An exploration of cyberbullying, hate speech and discrimination in digital communication. 2014 Social Media Technology Conference & Workshop

-2014: Finding the first lady: The construction and negotiation of Michelle Obama’s identity. Minorities and Communication (MAC) division, Second place student category award. Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Recognitions

2015: University of Southern California Annenberg Summer Institute on Diversity (Fellow)

2014: Capital Speakers Club, Hester B. Provenson and Jean C. Miller Scholarship (Washington, DC)

2013: California State University, Fresno Center for the Scholarly Advancement of Learning and Teaching (Fellow)

2012: California State University, Fresno College of Arts and Humanities Dean’s Medalist Nominee