Creating a More Equitable STEM Workforce
The ability to achieve STEM workforce diversity goals in the U.S. is a function of the academic pipeline. One of the most important predictors of success in STEM careers and higher education is pre-college academic preparation for all students. However, reaching historically underrepresented students in STEM fields continues to be a challenge.
The question is how to engage and retain students of color, low-income students, and first-generation college students in high-quality STEM education given inequities that exist across K-12 education systems. This RTI STEM equity webinar offers examples from two recent efforts: a three-year program to support equitable access to high-quality STEM educational opportunities through project-based learning and STEM enrichment in Cumberland County, North Carolina (STARward STEM) and the Defense STEM Education Consortium (DSEC), a partnership between academia, industry, not-for-profit organizations, and government focused on increasing STEM literacy and developing a diverse and agile workforce.