WKAlberto I. Roca
Executive Director, DiverseScholar
Alberto I. Roca, Ph.D. is Executive Director of the non-profit, DiverseScholar, whose mission is to diversify the doctoral (STEM) workforce, tech industry, and the science communication profession. Dr. Roca is a first-generation Peruvian-American from Houston, Texas, who received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. While conducting postdoctoral research, he created the web portal MinorityPostdoc.org, founded the Postdoc Committee of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), and co-founded the Diversity Committee of the National Postdoctoral Association. Dr. Roca works with Ph.D. trainees directly as a career coach and also connects institutional diversity stakeholders to job candidates especially for tenure-track faculty positions. Since 2011 as Editor, Dr. Roca has been publishing/overseeing original written works for his DiverseScholar magazine on the issues of diversity, STEM, and higher education. In the journalism sector, his activities encourage minority reporters to learn about STEM/health news stories as well as educates minority scientists about science communication skills/careers. His expertise in this area led to the chapter on "Using Social Media to Diversify Science" for the book Science Blogging: The Essential Guide. These #SciComm activities have been facilitated by a grant from the National Association of Science Writers that created the DiverseScholar travel awards to attend the ScienceWriters conference. In recognition of his achievements, Dr. Roca has received the University of California-Irvine Chancellor's Living Our Values Award, the SACNAS Presidential Service Award, and the top NCWIT Flash Tank prize for his pitch on the topic of diversity in tech journalism.