The first NSTEMC Regional Convening was held on March 31 at the University of Alabama. The meeting was a systematic gathering of leaders from key post-secondary institutions from the Southeast region. During the meeting, participants learned about Collaborative opportunities and resources that align with their personal and institutional vision for inclusive STEM initiatives.
Facilitated by Executive Director, Dr. Kimberly Scott and Program Coordinator Sr for Advocacy, Sharon Torres, participants engaged in dialogues and activities that:
- Explained, through data, race-gender disparities in STEM academia and industry;
- Examined their target population;
- Broke down the challenges they face on an institutional level; and
- Helped envision systematic, strategic, and concerted solutions in conjunction with partner institutions within their regional network and with the national collaborative.
The meeting was hosted by the Office of Academic Affairs at the University of Alabama and was attended by approximately 60 representatives from the following Southeastern institutions: University of Central Florida, Mississippi State University, University of West Alabama, University of Alabama in Huntsville and Tuscaloosa, Furman University, Georgia Tech, Birmingham-Southern College, Shelton State Community College, Birmingham-Southern University, and Lurleen B. Wallace Community College. Participants included faculty and administrators from various levels. In the afternoon, three separate round table discussions were held for: (1) Deans and Directors, (2) Department Heads; and (3) Faculty. As a result of this meeting, twenty-four new individuals have completed a commitment form and have articulated the types of partnerships and support that they can provide as individuals and on behalf of their center, department, or on an institutional level.
Participants walked away with new knowledge, and expanded network, and a specific action plan for their organization or institution to effectively advance women and girls of color in STEM both academically and professionally.
Check back soon to learn about future convenings.