«return to upcoming events2021 MESA USA National Conference-Designing for Equity


The MESA USA National Conference will support MESA USA’s continued initiative to support collaboration within the organization with a cohesive training focused on this year’s NEDC theme of “Designing for Equity.”  The national conference will act as support to the annual convening that is scheduled to occur in June and will provide mid-year reinforcement. The conference will allow all in our MESA USA collaborative to all have the opportunity to attend sessions led by representatives from each participating MESA state. Attendees will be able to attend sessions from other states and participate in experiences that have previously been limited to attendees of the National MESA USA Competition. 

Join us for:

  • National Collaboration
  • Integration of Equity in Programming
  • Support for Teachers to Build Equity Designers
  • The Opportunity to Hear Perspectives From Other States
  • Valuable Skills to use in your MESA Time


  • Session Highlights:
    • Fundamentals of Human Centered Design, Invention Toolkit (OR MESA)
    • Identifying inequities and finding the right project for the National Engineering Design Challenge
    • How to be a proactive bystander with diversity and inclusion (WA MESA)
    • STEM For Everyone: Leveling the field for students who don’t have the same resources (NM MESA)
    • Disrupting Child-ism in the Classroom: Interpersonal Power Dynamics between Teachers & Students (MD MESA)
    • Implementing the Invention Toolkit, support for teachers in planning NEDC project, and examples for 20 lessons (OR MESA)
    • How to teach your students to compete at a high level in NEDC (AZ MESA)
  • The Keynote is Dr. Okhee Lee, bio below

Okhee Lee: Instructional Materials Designed for A Framework for K-12 Science Education and the Next Generation Science Standards: An Introduction to the Special Issue

Okhee Lee is a leading scholar recognized for her work in STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education with diverse K-12 student groups. Thirty years of research has culminated in her mission to develop English language proficiency standards that will end disparities in STEM subjects for students who are learning English as an additional language in public schools. Okhee’s regular publications in Educational Researcher, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), have put her on the national stage for boldly taking on controversial topics that affect diverse student groups across the nation. Okhee discusses the significance of her 2019 study, “Aligning English Language Proficiency Standards with Content Standards: Shared Opportunity and Responsibility Across English Learner Education and Content Areas,” in an AERA video. Her current work involves integrating multiple STEM disciplines to address equity and social justice for all students, with a focus on English learners.


New Mexico MESA Specific Information:

  • Attendees will receive a $50 stipend for full attendance