New Diversity in IPM, StopPests Webinars

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice in IPM

Last fall, the Northeastern Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center launched a webinar series as part of a new Diversity in IPM initiative, recognizing the active role the Center can play in championing and advancing diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ). The series will continue with new webinars this spring.

The webinars have been offered as part of the Center’s ongoing IPM Toolbox webinar program. The Center invited presenters who either identify as members of historically marginalized groups or have developed programming specifically with such groups in mind. They discuss topics related to their research or extension efforts or share their perspectives on overcoming barriers and succeeding in their chosen profession.

For this spring, two webinars are currently scheduled, with more in the works.

Although we request that participants register in advance, these webinars are free and open to the public. Visit for more information, for the most current schedule, or to register.

Webinar participants will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time, but the presentations will also be recorded and posted on the Center’s YouTube channel (

Currently Scheduled

Shannon Archibeque-Engle.

Shannon Archibeque-Engle.

Inclusive and Equitable Evidence-Based Approaches: What Do We Know and Where Do We Go from Here?

April 26, 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Presenter: Shannon Archibeque-Engle, PhD, associate vice president for inclusive excellence, Colorado State University

Leveraging decades of scholarship, this workshop will offer sound, evidence-based advice to address diversity, equity, and inclusion goals on three levels: individual, organizational, and systemic.

Visit for more information or to register.


Panelists (clockwise from top-left): Kim Skyrm, John McMullen, Mary Centrella, Samantha Bosco.

Promoting LGBTQ+ Inclusivity in the IPM Field: Perspectives from IPM Professionals

June 20, 2:00 p.m. (Eastern)

This panel will explore the connection between the IPM professional community and the 2SLGBTQIA+ community, bring awareness to common issues faced by the LGBTQ+ community, and provide a conversation about ways IPM professionals can be allies for the LGBTQ+ community to improve equity within IPM and adjacent fields.


  • Kim Skyrm, PhD, chief apiary inspector, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources; east director, Apiary Inspectors of America
  • John McMullen, PhD, postdoctoral fellow, Indiana University Bloomington
  • Samantha Bosco, PhD, Oak Ridge Institute of Science and Education postdoctoral fellow, National Agroforestry Center
  • Mary Centrella, PhD, director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Pesticide Safety Education Program (CCE-PSEP)

Visit for more information or to register.

Learn More or Get Involved

For more information, visit, which also features recordings of past webinars in the Diversity in IPM series, as well as links and resources pertaining to DEIJ in IPM and related fields.

To view other previous webinars in the IPM Toolbox series, visit

If you are interested in presenting another webinar—or in contributing to or participating in this DEIJ initiative in any other way—please contact Jana Hexter, grants and partnerships coordinator, at

StopPests in Housing Program

The StopPests in Housing Program is a national program administered by the Northeastern IPM Center. It seeks to improve pest control in affordable housing by teaching everyone who works, lives, and plays in housing how to use IPM.

One of the ways StopPests fulfills this mission is through webinars, two of which are currently scheduled for this spring. StopPests webinars are free and open to the public, although the following are designed with housing and pest-control professionals in mind.

Tom Green.

Tom Green.

Design and Build for Pest Prevention in Multifamily Housing

May 2, 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Pests often exploit building openings and voids to gain access, build nests, hide out, and travel freely through buildings. Many of these entry points can be avoided with good construction design and materials.

Diane Eddings, a Wisconsin housing manager, and IPM consultant and expert Tom Green, PhD, will share their experiences and lessons learned when working with contractors to design and build pest-proof buildings. They’ll share with us how they incorporated pest-proof building materials and avoided gaps, voids, and openings, and what training and oversight was needed to accomplish their goals.

Register at

Dini Miller.

Dini Miller.

Eliminate Cockroaches from Affordable Housing with Assessment-Based Pest Management

June 6, 1:00 p.m. (Eastern)

Dini Miller, PhD, a professor of urban pest management at Virginia Tech, will discuss how assessment-based pest management works and how housing professionals can use this information to improve pest control in their buildings and developments. After the presentation, Miller will host a question-and-answer session.

Miller has dedicated the greater part of her career to studying and promoting effective pest-management practices. She’ll share what her years of research and field studies in public housing have revealed and why she’s certain, with effort and the right tools, we can eliminate most cockroach infestations—even chronic infestations in homes with sanitation issues.

Register at

Learn More

For the most up-to-date list of upcoming StopPests webinars and recordings of past presentations, visit

For more information, contact

The Northeastern IPM Center receives funding for the StopPests in Housing Program from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes.

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