Sabriya Rosemond Named Director of CLEAR

June 22, 2021

Scott Wargo

Portrait Sabriya Rosemond
Photo credit: Courtesy Sabriya Rosemond

Sabriya Rosemond has been appointed director of the Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences (CLEAR), an interdepartmental resource for faculty and students dedicated to expanding on Oberlin’s tradition of leadership in science education and historical commitment to diversity.

CLEAR supports Oberlin’s goal of promoting the persistence and success of all students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) fields through an array of activities, ranging from campus-wide learning communities to departmental action and reflection teams.

“It is my great pleasure to welcome Sabriya Rosemond to Oberlin as our new director of CLEAR,” said Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences David Kamitsuka. “She brings both excellent training as a scientist and expertise in inclusive science pedagogy, and I am confident that she will be an invaluable leader and resource for faculty, staff, and students as we pursue our mission and tradition of leadership in science education.”

As director of the CLEAR program, Rosemond will be a member of Oberlin's Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Inclusive Excellence leadership team to support inclusive excellence in STEM. She also will facilitate campus-wide learning communities and recruit, train, and supervise peer mentors, tutors, and student workshop leaders along with coordinating professional development programming.

“I am delighted about joining the Oberlin College community and its longstanding tradition of equity in higher education,” said Rosemond. “As the new CLEAR director, I look forward to steering the center's continued growth, collaborating with students, staff, and faculty in ongoing equity and inclusion-focused efforts in STEM, as well as developing new programming aimed to ensure the success of all students in STEM.”

Rosemond comes to Oberlin from Florida International University, where she was the assistant director of the Learning Assistants Program.

At FIU, Rosemond helped design and cofacilitated a remote teaching workshop series that introduced faculty to tools and activity structures used to support student learning through collaborative active learning.  She also led the development of a toolkit designed to support faculty with teaching practices that build strong classroom communities. Prior to FIU, she was a member of the biology department at Davidson College as a visiting assistant professor and a Consortium for Faculty Diversity postdoctoral fellow.

Rosemond earned a bachelor of science in biology at Hampton University and a PhD in molecular and cell biology at the University of California, Berkeley. Her graduate work focused on understanding how proteins fold into their proper structures.  She was a postdoctoral fellow and the research coordinator for the Biology Scholars Program at UC Berkeley where she completed equity-focused science education research and taught courses that focused on navigating science as an undergraduate, professional development, and barriers that inhibit student success in science and the gap in understanding between the science community and the general public. 

Rosemond says her experience as an undergraduate in traditional STEM classrooms influenced her desire to create more engaging, equitable, and inclusive STEM learning environments.

For more information about the Center for Learning, Education, and Research in the Sciences visit CLEAR.

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