On Thursday, Sept. 24, Adrienne Coleman, multicultural education specialist at the Illinois Math and Science Academy, will give a talk titled “Is STEM Truly for All? Motivating Black and Latino Students to Engage in STEM.” The talk takes place from 3-4:30 p.m. in One East.
According to Coleman’s research, black and Latino students are virtually invisible in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics fields. They tend to pursue familiar areas, such as the arts or athletics, where they are more likely to excel because their role models have excelled in those areas already.
Coleman will present a five-step motivation process to minimize the STEM gap. For more information on her talk, visit the Women’s Initiative website.