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The Obama administration, under the direction of U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan has pushed STEM education to the forefront of education reform and recently announced a $170 million request for new STEM funding (US Department of Education, 2014a). As such, a substantial amount of research is being conducted to advance our nation’s knowledge of the experiences that students need to sustain their engagement, motivation, and efficacy from K12 to STEM careers. Although there is a considerable amount of extant knowledge on girls in STEM, there continues to be insufficient research and knowledge on what needs to be done to sustain the engagement, motivation, and efficacy of girls of color in STEM. There continues to be insufficient attention to the unique and dynamic experiences that girls of color encounter while trying to navigate STEM education spaces (Aschbacher & Roth, 2010; Carlone & Johnson, 2007).
The Collaborative engages researchers and initiatives that provide valid and reliable data. Collaborative members and partners will have exclusive access to these data in order to put into immediate practice in p-20 education settings effective strategies for girls and women of color in STEM. We will also disseminate members' and partners' research around advocating for girls and women of color in STEM.
The following two presentations were among many conducted at a July 9, 2015 co-hosted meeting by CGEST and the White House Council on Women and Girls.
"Spurring Holistic U.S. Federal Investment In Support of Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)" - A Report by the Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology at Arizona State University
The University of Florida's Institute for African-American Mentoring in Computing Sciences (iAAMCS) has made an initial commitment to fund 5 interns in the name of the Collaborative to support its work.
ASU’s Center for Biodiversity Outcomes is partnering with the National Wildlife Federation, The Nature Conservancy, and the Ecological Society of America to identify promising underserved high school students, recruit them to ASU, mentor them through university and provide professional opportunities that see graduates into successful and impactful careers in conservation science and policy. As part of this work, we recently hosted a workshop (August 2015) at the ESA Centennial Meeting in Baltimore, MD on what works to recruit, matriculate, and retain disadvantaged youth in undergraduate ecological degree programs? This workshop was attended primarily by minority students, ranging in age from high school to post-doc level, resulting in a valuable discussion between the panelists and attendees. Sharon Hall and Anita Hagy Ferguson are working with CGEST and ASU scholars to develop integrated programs for engaging diversity students in STEM.
Graduate students in CGEST Affiliate Leah Gerber’s laboratory in the School of Life Sciences are committed to diversity in STEM.