In 2009, Gaskins founded The Gaskins Foundation, a nonprofit whose mission is to educate and empower the African American community. Its core program, STEMulates, provides free, year-round K-12 educational programming dedicated to introducing more students to math and science.
“We are thrilled to honor Dr. Gaskins in such a meaningful way. Her work and contributions continue to advance the ideals and principles that Mrs. Spencer lived into action,” said Bleuzette Marshall, vice president for Equity, Inclusion and Community Impact.
Gaskins is a three-time alumna of UC, having earned a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering, a master of science in quantitative analysis and a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and The Links, Incorporated. She has been actively involved in the National Society of Black Engineers since 2003.
The Office of Inclusive Excellence and Community Engagement was also honored as Organization Recipient of the year. Visit UC News to read more about all the 2020 award recipients