Increasing the Number of Blacks in STEM

As the various advances in science and technology continue to shape our world, it is vital that the United States of America be able to contend with other developed nations in producing qualified individuals to fill positions in the STEM. In order to do that, every person that has a desire in obtaining a career in STEM must be afforded the utmost possible chance to obtain a high-quality education. Historically there have been numerous legal barriers preventing blacks from attaining this education. Even when the legal barriers were removed, they were replaced with other types of impediments that deterred blacks from trying to become scientists. In this session, we will discuss various topics and methods that can be implemented in order to increase the numbers of blacks in pursuing a STEM career.

Learning Objectives:
1. At the conclusion of this session school administrators will learn about various methods on how to make the STEM culture more inclusive at the institutional level.
2. At the conclusion of this session STEM instructors will understand how to apply certain procedures that foster advancement of black students in STEM.
3. At the conclusion of this session participants will be able to comprehend how increasing the number of blacks STEM benefit not only black students and their communities, but also the STEM field in general.

Target Audience: All Attendees, Researchers, Students, Educators

Marybeth Gasman, Samuel DeWitt Proctor Endowed Chair in Education & Distinguished Professor, Rutgers University
Claudette Davis, Assistant Professor, LaGuardia Community College

Session Organizer & Moderator:
Sultan Jenkins, Associate Professor, LaGuardia Community College

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