Dr. Tanya Moore is a member of the Board of Directors for Building Diversity in Science whose mission is to inspire, empower, and support underrepresented groups of students in the pursuit of STEM careers.
One of the programs under the umbrella of BDIS is the Infinite Possibilities Conference that Dr. Moore not only helped to create but is also a member of its advisory board. The goals of IPC are to bring together a diverse group of people, focused mainly on underrepresented minority women in mathematics, to create an experience that would increase the mathematical knowledge and skills of the participants but also speak to the issues that are unique to people of color in the field. Attendees range from high school students to professionals with the hopes to foster mentorships, provide networking opportunities, and a chance to connect with role models. Since the first conference held in 2005 at Moore’s alma matter Spelman College, there have been four more events with the latest being in 2015 held at Oregon State University.
Beyond helping IPC create a support community for minorities in mathematics, she is using her expertise in Biostatistics to improve her hometown of Berkeley, California. Earning her doctorate from UC Berkeley she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA after which she began working with the Berkeley Public Health Division to address health inequities as the lead of the Chronic Disease Prevention Program where her primary focus was on reducing the rates of high blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes in the African-American communities in South and West Berkeley.
In 2010 Moore became an Education and Youth Services Specialist for the City of Berkeley as part of its 2020 Visions Project. She has a central role in designing the survey, methodologies, and statistical indicators that are being used to track student progress in an effort to close the achievement gap between white, black, and Latino students in the Berkeley Unified School District. Once the data has been collected and analyzed Moore will help design and evaluate youth interventions and services across city departments, UC Berkeley, and other community organizations.
Written by Angela Goad