Casting a wider net
Saturday, January 16 9:00-10:05am
B. Casting a wider net: Promoting gender and ethnic diversity in STEM – Anne Jefferson
Description: We will introduce programs that attract wider audiences to science, math, and engineering at various institutions/education levels, programs that mentor students (high school, undergrad & grad students) in research and education excellence. How Social Media tools can be used to raise the profile of and build support networks for under-represented scientists and engineers.
I’ve tentatively set out two goals for the session:
1. Identify successful online and offline programs, and their commonalities, for recruiting diverse participants into STEM activities; and</li>
2. Draft a set of recommendations for individuals, employers, and STEM organizations (funders, professional societies, etc.) for supporting women and minority scientists and science students through social media.</li>
I’m also collecting links of recent blogging that supports these two goals. Below are some of things I’ve run across, and I’d appreciate the addition of any other discussions or posts that are relevant to the topics at hand.
Women Geoscientists and Blogs (Kim Hannula at All of My Faults are Stress Related)
Planting seeds of science interest in kids of all ages (DNLee at Urban Science Adventures)
Diversity in Science Carnival #5: Programs to promote STEM diversity among K-12 students and general audiences (STEM-ologist at STEMology)
Diversity in Science Carnival #4: Increasing Diversity Among the College Ranks (DNLee at Urban Science Adventures)
Opportunities for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences (by me at Highly Allochthonous)
Your thoughts are most appreciated. After all, not only is the conference about audience participation, but the session is specifically aimed at increasing participation.
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Janet Stemwedel’s excellent Twitter coverage: http://scienceblogs.com/ethicsandscience/2010/01/scio_aftermath_my_tweets_from.php
*I just wanted to note that I thought there were a lot of interesting programs/approaches discussed in this session. I also remember Zuska mentioning, in passing, (among many other resources)mentornet, which is something that I found very valuable. In fact, after the conference I took off to go meet with my previous mentornet mentor (who happens to live in the triangle area). It was great!