Erin Conn, PhD, is a Project Director at AAAS, directing the SEA Change Community and SEA Change Institute. She holds a BS in biology from Eastern Connecticut State University and earned her PhD from Georgetown University in the department of Biochemistry and Molecular & Cellular Biology where her research centered around chemotherapy development for pediatric cancers. At Georgetown, she co-founded the first graduate student group in university history dedicated to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEMM. She was selected as a fellow with the Georgetown Women’s Alliance, earned nominations as the Outstanding Leader in a Graduate Student Group and the Dr. Karen Gale Exceptional PhD Student Awards, and was recognized as the 2019 Woman in STEM. Dr. Conn served as a member of the Inclusion & Equity committee for the American Association of University Women from 2019-2021, working to implement a diversity and inclusion toolkit to help AAUW branches kickstart their own DEI efforts. .