About the Speaker
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    April Boyd-Noronha
    Program Director, Cybersecurity, University of Saint Mary

    April, also known as The STEM Broker, is currently the Global Diversity & Inclusion Advisor and Board Member of the XR Safety Initiative (XRSI), the first global non-profit with the mission of helping build safe and inclusive realities. In her role, she continues to advise the CyberXR Coalition, launched by XRSI, where she helped lead the launch of the Immersive Technology Standards as a baseline for developing a new mindset for immersive tech which featured four pillars: diversity and inclusion, ethics, trust and safety, and accessibility.

    April has over 20 years of experience in academia and advanced technologies as an author, global keynote speaker, thought leader, and advisor on emerging trends and the future of work on diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility of historically marginalized populations. She also is the Program Director and Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas. April is the first Black elected school board member of the Shawnee Mission School District (SMSD) and is committed to ensuring that “diversity is the strength” of SMSD. She is the parent of three children who all are pursuing a STEM career track in cybersecurity, engineering, and drone piloting.