Ashley Huderson, PhD

STEM and CS Equity Fellow at ED

Dr. Huderson has extensive experience as a skilled facilitator, leader, academic trainer, and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) curriculum designer and advocate.

Dr. Huderson has over 15 years of STEM outreach and advocacy in the community developing informal science programs, mentoring STEM majors, equipping parents with tools and resources to encourage their children in STEM, and providing culturally relevant science education pedagogy to teachers. Dr. Huderson also works with local and Federal government agencies, non-profits, and academic institutions to provided leadership support for programs that foster an inclusive climate for pre-collegiate and collegiate STEM students.

Prior to joining STEM Next, Dr. Huderson served as the Director of Engineering Education and Outreach at the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, where she led the Engineering Education and Outreach department in designing, planning, organizing, overseeing and implementing educational programs and projects that define ASME’s role and impact in K-12 STEM Education, Engineering Education and Scholarships.

In her current role, Dr. Huderson will be working the Office of the Deputy Secretary as a STEM and CS Equity Policy Fellow. Specifically, she is working to develop and implement a STEM and CS strategy that advances the Secretary’s vision for education in America and supports the strategic goals and priorities of the Department.

She has published over 12 peer reviewed articles, including two book chapters on Urban STEM education and counter spaces for minority women in STEM. She has also been the recipient of several awards and honors including the 2019 McD #35 Alum of the Year award, 2020 BEYA Modern-Day Technology Leader award, and the 2020 UNCF WIAC Grace Walker Phillips Leadership Award.

Dr. Huderson is a native of New Orleans, LA, and completed her undergraduate training at Spelman College (2006), a certificate in Health Policy (2012) and doctoral work at Meharry Medical College (2013). Her post-doctoral work included a fellowship at Georgetown University Lombardi Cancer Center’s Office of Health Disparities and Minority Research (2015) and a 2015-2017 American Association for the Advancement of Science, Science and Technology Policy (AAAS S&T) Fellow in the Engineering Education and Centers’ division (EEC) at the National Science Foundation.

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