Join the Black Graduate and Professional Students Association in our biannual Community Lecture Series.

Monday, April 8th | 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM | Memorial Union (Coffman) Theater | 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, 55455

Keynote speaker Dr. Stacie LeSure will discuss the perseverence of black women in engineering and computer science in spite of stereotype threat and other challenges.

The BGAPSA Community Lecture Series is a community engagement event between students, staff, faculty, and community members around the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. This event is meant to further dialogue and strengthen community while highlighting socioeconomic issues that affect people within the Pan-African spectrum both nationally and globally.

Program will start at 1:15 pm. A Reception with refreshments, will follow the Q&A section.

This event is open to all students, faculty, staff, and community members

Public Parking & Transportation: Information regarding parking and transportation can be found on the students events and activities website or email BGAPSA at

This event was funded by Student Service Fees.


​Dr. Stacie LeSure is the founder and Executive Director of Engineers for Equity (E4E)- a mission-driven organization focused on fostering equity and inclusion in engineering. At E4E, she develops and facilitates diversity and inclusion workshops that include recruitment and retention strategies that are grounded in research.

Dr. LeSure also serves as Program Director and Senior Researcher in the College of Engineering at Howard University. At Howard, she manages research projects focused on the academic perceptions and persistence of students who are traditionally under-represented in STEM careers.

Prior to joining Howard, Dr. LeSure served as a Research Fellow at the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and a Post-doctoral researcher at the American Society for Engineering Education. She has over a decade of experience working as an engineer before switching gears and devoting her time and talents to equity and inclusion initiatives in education and the STEM workforce.

Dr. LeSure earned a Ph.D. in Engineering Education at Utah State University where her doctoral research applied Critical Race Theory and Intersectionality frameworks to critically examine effective intervention strategies to reduce the negative consequences of Stereotype Threat. She also has a Master of Science in Materials Science and Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Spelman College. Dr. LeSure obtained the status of ABD (All But Defense) in Materials Science and Engineering at North Carolina State University.