Urban Universities for HEALTH: Collaborating to Advance Health Equity

Not all Americans have the same opportunities to live in good health.  Evidence shows that individuals identifying as minorities suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases and live shorter, unhealthier lives. They are more likely to be uninsured and live in areas … Continue reading Urban Universities for HEALTH: Collaborating to Advance Health Equity

Supporting Minority Postdocs

Nearly 50 years ago, the National Academies described postdocs as the “invisible university,” because their contributions to cutting-edge research often went unrecognized. Or, as Adam Ruben bluntly describes it in Science: the postdoc is “a time-honored tradition of academics, research, and stagnant purgatorial nonprogression.” Continue reading Supporting Minority Postdocs

Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays

At the USU Summer meeting at Cleveland State University, our theme was deep collaboration between campus and community. As part of the event, we had a for-fun pitch session whereby three university representatives had five minutes to pitch to a panel of community judges. The winning collaborative was Wayne State University’s College of Engineering Warrior STEAM Saturdays. Pitched by Jasmine Roberson, Director, Community Engagement, College of Engineering, Wayne State University, the project offers hands on science technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) activities on six Saturdays throughout the year to Detroit K-12 students. The purpose is to motivate students to … Continue reading Building Deep University-City Collaboration: Wayne State’s Warrior STEAM Saturdays

Advancing Equity in STEM through Engagement

Photo Credit: Georgia State University
Photo Credit: Georgia State University

How do we best advance equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)?

While we’ve made strides increasing the number of minority and females entering and succeeding in STEM fields, we have so much more to do. For example, the National Academy of Science studies chart a lack of STEM proficiency in elementary school—gaps that widen along the education pipeline, and are more acute among historically underrepresented groups that often live in underserved communities.

Advancing STEM and delivering equity go hand-in-hand. In their January, 2015 NSF-supported white paper, “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement,” Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor and Myra Burnett offer an approach to do just that. Continue reading “Advancing Equity in STEM through Engagement”