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Karen Cangialosi

Program Director, RLOE (Regional Leaders of Open Education Network), and Director of Open Science/Open Ed, RIOS (Institute for Racially Just, Inclusive, and Open STEM)

Dr. Karen Cangialosi is the Program Director of the Regional Leaders of Open Education  (RLOE), an OE Global/CCCOER network designed to build OE leadership in postsecondary institutions across North America. She is also a co-founder of the Institute for Racially Just, Inclusive, and Open STEM (RIOS) and serves as the RIOS Director of Open Ed and Open Science. She is frequently invited to present and consult about open education in the U.S. and abroad.


A biology professor and fierce student advocate, she incorporates open pedagogy into all her courses, and she leads faculty development efforts in open and critical digital pedagogy. Because she believes that scientific investigation should be transparent, widely collaborative, and designed to serve the public, she advocates for integrating the principles and practices of Open Science into the undergraduate STEM curriculum.


She has also been a long-time street activist and lesbian feminist who has marched, chanted, organized actions and led many community organizations fighting for women’s rights, LGBTQ rights, anti-racism, and social justice.

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