Equity and the next Educational Ecosystem:

The educational ecosystem is at the heart of regional workforce development and economic growth. The pandemic exposed and expanded inequities across the ecosystem and spotlighted the fragmentation between educational institutions and employers. As the tectonic plates of the past century shift and our economic, educational, social and political institutions become more fluid, now is the time to redesign and rebuild an educational ecosystem that centers equity and aligns economic opportunity with educational pursuits. This panel will explore the components of this emergent ecosystem, the challenges and questions that will drive the work over the next decade and beyond.


Victor Mullins

Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Smith School of Business, UMD

Benjamin H. Wu

President and CEO of the Montgomery County Economic Development Corporation

Robyn Dinicola

Chief Student Affairs Officer, USG

Cara Lesser

Founder and Executive Director, KID Museum


Anne M. Khademian

Executive Director, Universities at Shady Grove

Associate Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs