Building searchable community databases with WordPress

Panel discussion


This panel will discuss how to best use WordPress to create searchable databases that provide value to your institution and community, and take your website from a brochure site to an interactive tool.

Panelists will discuss four different WordPress-powered databases created by the Colorado State University STEM Center and Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation, which allow students, faculty, staff, and the public to search for STEM-related programs, event/activities, funding opportunities, and faculty available for research collaboration. The discussion will include goals behind these databases, specific tools used in implementation, special considerations for building with WordPress, and lessons learned for encouraging engagement campus-wide post-launch.

Session topics


  • Amber Hinds

    Founder & CEO, Equalize Digital

    Amber Hinds is the CEO of Equalize Digital, an accessibility consulting firm, WordPress VIP agency, Certified B Corporation, and maker of the Accessibility Checker WordPress plugin, striving to create a world where all people have equal access to information and tools on the web, regardless of ability.

  • Cheryl Bowker, Ph.D.

    Associate Director, Research/Evaluation, STEM Center, Colorado State University

    Dr. Bowker is the Associate Director of the STEM Center. She started at the STEM Center in 2013 while earning her Ph.D. in ecology at Colorado State University. She assists the STEM Center with STEM-related education research and evaluation projects, coordinating STEM Center activities, and the Center's financials. Dr.

  • Kimberly L. Henry, PhD

    Pronouns: She, her
    Professor, Department of Psychology and Co-Principal Investigator, Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation, Colorado State University

    Dr. Henry is a Professor in Colorado State University's Department of Psychology and Co-Principal Investigator for the Colorado-Wyoming Alliance for Minority Participation. As a behavioral scientist oriented toward prevention, her work focuses on the psychological and social factors that produce or mitigate the health risking behaviors of adolescents and young...

  • Steve Jones

    Developer, Equalize Digital

    Steve is the lead developer at Equalize Digital. Steve holds a degree in visual communications, which gives him the unique ability to approach development projects with a keen eye for design and user experience. With fifteen years of experience in WordPress development, Steve has work on a number of higher...