African-American Men in STEM


Hi, I’m Laura Diamond in
Institute Communications at Georgia Tech. We are here on Capitol
Hill in Washington DC where Georgia Tech hosts
two national roundtable discussions looking
at attracting more African American men into STEM. One event for
congressional staffers was held at Capitol Hill,
a second event for media at the National Press Club. Gary May, Dean at the College of
Engineering is serving as host. And he spoke about
the challenges we face in reaching out
to this demographic. African American men
face unique challenges. They by and large come from
under-resourced, disadvantaged environments. So there’s a resource challenge. There’s also a role
model challenge. Former Surgeon General
Joycelyn Elders said, you can’t be what you can’t see. And engineers, by and large,
as a career as a profession, we’re not visible
to that community. Mathematics and science, those
are the foundations of STEM. I feel like having
those strong foundations within those younger
students and showing them the applications of
STEM and how it relates to mathematics and science. I feel like that can
increase the number of African American in STEM. I think it’s a huge
competitive advantage to have an
engineering education. And I would love for
my fellow black men to have that
competitive advantage. I’ve been afforded so many
opportunities just because of my ability to solve
problems and my ability to think critically. And a lot of people are missing
out on that opportunity. Because they’re not
exposed to engineering. They’re not exposed to
science in the way that makes it interesting to them. We want to make engineering
a mainstream word in homes and communities of color. And in order for us
to do that we really have to hit it through
multiple channels through television, through
radio, through the web, a constant message to homes
and communities of color that engineering is the future. And that there’s a promise
and a joy in engineering. This roundtable
served as a follow-up to ones Georgia Tech held
last year in DC, that when looking at women in engineering. It is also part of a larger
roundtable initiative taking place where we are
going across the country to talk about critical issues. For more information
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