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Closing the Equity Gap: Securing our STEM Education and Workforce Readiness Infrastructure in the Nation's Minority-Serving Institutions


Project Scope:

An ad hoc committee under the oversight of the Board on Higher Education and Workforce (BHEW), in collaboration with the Board on Science Education (BOSE), will undertake a study to examine the goals, aspirations, challenges, and successes of post-secondary institutions that enroll and serve a significant portion of our nation’s African American, Hispanic, Asian-American and Native American STEM graduates-- often collectively referred to as Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs).

This study will address the following questions:  

  1. What are examples of model programs on MSI campuses that have demonstrated strong evidence of success in producing quality STEM graduates, including those models that involve partnerships with other local institutions of higher education, the private sector, or government agencies, and those that model exemplary curricula and lab experiences? 
  2. What are the key challenges, obstacles, and opportunities facing MSIs as they continue to produce scientists, engineers and health care providers who are prepared for success in the 21st Century workplace?  In particular, what challenges are unique to MSIs (e.g., as a consequence of the demographics of the students they serve, their history of support and funding), and how are these institutions working to address those challenges?
  3.  What are the key institutional components for scalability and sustainability of model programs, which may include invested leadership, durable infrastructure, or secure partnerships, and how are they promoting student success?
  4.  What public policy interventions are needed to support and sustain efforts on MSI campuses? Which public policy interventions may inhibit these efforts?

The resulting report will provide findings and recommendations to help create the conditions, systems, policies and practices on MSI campuses that propel more students toward degree attainment in STEM fields and toward strong preparation for success in STEM careers.

Status: Completed

PIN: PGA-BHEW-15-01

Project Duration (months): 18 month(s)

RSO: Jackson, Leigh Miles



Geographic Focus:
North America

Committee Membership

Committee Post Date: 03/29/2017

Anne-Marie Nuñez
Anne-Marie Nuñez, Ph.D., is an associate professor of Higher Education and Student Affairs Program in the Department of Educational Studies at The Ohio State University. Her research explores how to broaden participation for historically underrepresented groups, including students and faculty, in postsecondary education. One line of her scholarship has focused on the higher education experiences and trajectories of Latino, first-generation, and migrant students. Another has emphasized institutional diversity in the United States, including the role of Hispanic-serving institutions in promoting college access and success. A third has focused on fostering supportive organizational climates for faculty and administrators to advance inclusivity in the academy. She holds a PhD in Education from UCLA, ME.d. in Education from Stanford University, MA in Administration, Policy Analysis, and Evaluation from Stanford University School of Education, and AB in Social Studies from Harvard University.
Kent C. McGuire - (Chair)
Kent McGuire, Ph.D. is President and CEO is responsible for SEF’s mission to advance equity and excellence in education in the American South. Prior to joining SEF, Dr. McGuire served as the Dean of the College of Education at Temple University and was a tenured professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Previously Dr. McGuire was Senior Vice President at MDRC, Inc.. Before that he served in the Clinton Administration as Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education. His prior non-profit work included being the Education Program Officer for the Philadelphia-based Pew Charitable Trusts and serving as Education Program Director for the Lilly Endowment. He has written and co-authored various policy reports, book chapters and papers in professional journals. He currently serves on many boards including: The Wallace Foundation, The Institute for Education Leadership, The New Teacher Project, and Alliance for Excellent Education. He received his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Colorado at Boulder, his M.A. in education administration and policy from Columbia University Teacher’s College, and his B.A. in economics from the University of Michigan.
Jim Bertin
Mr. Jim Bertin is the math instructor at Chief Dull Knife College, a tribally-run community college that serves primarily Native students on the reservation in Billings, Montana. Mr. Bertin, a pillar of the mathematics and science community at Chief Dull College, directs the Chief Dull Knife College rocket team for the NASA-supported First Nations Launch (FNL) competition. The FNL is an annual competition that offers Tribal Colleges and Universities the opportunity to demonstrate engineering and design skills through direct application in high-powered rocketry.
Anthony Carpi
Anthony Carpi, Ph.D. is Professor of Environmental Toxicology and Dean of Research at John Jay College. He has a diverse portfolio of grant and research experience, having secured more than $20 million in funding from agencies including the National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Education, U.S. Department of Energy, NY State Education Department, and others. As Dean of Research, he has pushed the College to adopt industry-standard best practices to improve the support, assessment, and dissemination of faculty-led research initiatives and has overseen the growth in the College's external grant portfolio by more than 50%. His personal research focuses on understanding the chemistry of mercury in the environment, and on the design and evaluation of novel methods for improving science education at the College and secondary school level. He is a strong advocate of undergraduate research, having created the College’s first and largest undergraduate mentoring program. And in 2011, was awarded a Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Math, and Engineering Mentoring for the affect these efforts have had on improving opportunities for underrepresented students in science. Carpi earned his MS and PhD from Cornell University in Environmental Toxicology, and obtained his BS in Chemistry from Boston College.
Aprille J. Ericsson
During her 25+ year tenure with NASA, Dr. Aprille Joy Ericsson has held numerous positions. In 2017, Dr. Ericsson assumed the position of New Business Lead for the NASA GSFC Instrument Systems and Technology Division. Most recently, she served as the Capture Manager for a proposed Astrophysics mid-sized Class Explorer of $250M, called STAR-X. Prior to that proposal development, Dr. Ericsson served as the NASA GSFC Program Manager for Small Business Innovative Research/Small Business Technology Transfer Research (SBIR/STTR). Formerly, she served as the Deputy to the Chief Technologist for the Applied Engineering and Technology Directorate with a primary focus as a Technologist has been Advanced Manufacturing, Applied Nanotechnology, miniaturization of Technology for CubeSat and SmallSat space platforms. As an Attitude Control Systems analyst, she developed practical control methods, and analyzed structural dynamics for several missions: XTE, TRMM, TRACE, WMAP. As a NASA HQs Program Executive for Earth Science, and a Business Executive for Space Science serving the SORCE and ICESat missions. As an Instrument Project Manager she has led spaceflight instrument teams and proposal developments; her flight missions include for JWST/NirSPEC, MMS SMART/FPI, GEMS, LRO/LOLA and ICESat-2/ATLAS. Dr. Aprille Ericsson aerospace research at Howard University was developing control methods for orbiting large space platforms like ISS.

Dr. Ericsson has also served as an Adjunct Faculty member at several Universities in the DMV. She sits on a couple of Technical Academic boards at the National Academies, MIT and previously at Howard University as Trustees.

Dr. Ericsson has won numerous awards and recognitions over the years. The most prestigious was “The 2016 Washington Award” from the Western Society of Engineers. Dr. Ericsson is the first female to receive a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering from Howard University, and the first African-American civil servant female to receive a Ph.D. in Engineering at NASA GSFC. She received her B.S. in Aeronautical/Astronautical Engineering from MIT.

Lorelle Espinosa
Lorelle L. Espinosa, Ph.D. is Assistant Vice President for ACE’s Center for Policy Research and Strategy, where she is responsible for the co-development and management of the center’s research agenda which focuses on issues of diversity and equity in 21st century higher education, public finance and higher education systems, and transformational leadership. Espinosa has served the higher education profession for nearly 20 years, beginning in student affairs and undergraduate education at the University of California, Davis; Stanford University; and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Espinosa has contributed opinion and scholarly works to peer-reviewed journals, academic volumes and industry magazines on a variety of topics. Her most recent report, Race, Class, and College Access: Achieving Diversity in a Shifting Legal Landscape, examines how legal challenges to race-conscious admissions are influencing contemporary admissions practices at colleges and universities nationwide. Prior to ACE, Espinosa served as a senior analyst at Abt Associates, Inc. and as director of policy and strategic initiatives for the Institute for Higher Education Policy. Espinosa holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in higher education and organizational change from the University of California, Los Angeles; a B.A. from the University of California, Davis; and an A.A. from Santa Barbara City College.
Lamont Hames
Lamont Hames, MS is President & CEO of LMH Strategies, Inc., a Washington, DC-based leadership, management, and human systems consulting firm. He leads a team of practitioners that serve as professional advisors to clients by optimizing priorities within their organization's culture while delivering strategy, structure, and measurable outcomes based solutions. Prior to founding LMH Strategies, Hames led business development strategy for small and medium sized organizations within technology and higher education markets. As the former chief of staff for NASA's Office of Small Business Programs, Hames spearheaded policy and programs that emphasized inclusive participation of diverse businesses and higher education institutions in the federal marketplace. Initiatives like its Mentor-Protégé program not only remain in place today but have been emulated by other federal agencies and large commercial companies as a best practice. During his tenure, NASA was consistently recognized for its award-winning supplier diversity program.

Hames entered public service as a Presidential Management Fellow and worked on Capitol Hill with details on the House Small Business Committee and later with former U.S. Senator Carol Moseley- Braun (IL). He worked on legislation that resulted in the establishment of the woman-owned small business designation and advocating for higher education minority serving institutions participation in procurement, research and development at federal agencies. Hames graduated with an MS in Management Information Systems from Bowie State University in 1993.

Wesley L. Harris
Wesley L. Harris, Ph.D. is Charles Stark Draper Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and housemaster of New House Residence Hall at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), where he was previously associate provost (2008–2013) and head of the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics (2003–2008). Before coming to MIT he was a NASA associate administrator, responsible for all programs, facilities, and personnel in aeronautics (1993–1995); vice president and chief administrative officer of the University of Tennessee Space Institute (1990–1993); and dean of the School of Engineering and professor of mechanical engineering at the University of Connecticut, Storrs (1985–1990). In 1995, Dr. Harris became an elected member of the National Academies of Engineering. In his early career at MIT (1972–1985) he held several faculty and administrative positions, including professor of aeronautics and astronautics. He earned a bachelor of science degree (with honors) in aerospace engineering from the University of Virginia in 1964, and master’s and PhD degrees in aerospace and mechanical sciences from Princeton University in 1966 and 1968 respectively.
Eve J. Higginbotham
Eve J. Higginbotham, S.M., M.D. is the Vice Dean for Inclusion and Diversity at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She is also a Senior Fellow of the Leonard Davis Institute and Professor of Ophthalmology, as she continues to roles as clinical researcher and glaucoma specialist. Prior to joining Penn in August 2013, Dr. Higginbotham served as a Visiting Scholar for Health Equity at the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) in Washington, D.C. Previous notable leadership roles include membership in the National Academies of Medicine, Senior Vice President and Executive Dean for Health Sciences at Howard University and Dean and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta. She was also the first woman to head an ophthalmology department at an academic medical center in the United States, serving as chair of the Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Department at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in Baltimore. Prior to joining the University of Maryland, Dr. Higginbotham served as Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at the University of Michigan. Higginbotham studied chemical engineering at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she earned undergraduate and master's degrees. She graduated from Harvard Medical School in 1979. After completing an internship in San Francisco and an ophthalmology residency at Louisiana State University, Higginbotham was a glaucoma fellow at Harvard.
Spero M. Manson
Spero M. Manson, Ph.D. (Pembina Chippewa) is Distinguished Professor of Public Health and Psychiatry, directs the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, occupies the Colorado Trust Chair in American Indian Health, and serves as Associate Dean of Research in the CO School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Denver’s Anschutz Medical Center. His programs include 10 national centers, totaling $63 million in sponsored research, program development, training, and collaboration with 250 Native communities, spanning rural, reservation, urban, and village settings across the country. Dr. Manson has published 250 articles on the assessment, epidemiology, treatment, and prevention of physical, alcohol, drug, as well as mental health problems over the developmental life span of Native people. Dr. Manson is widely acknowledged as one of the nation’s leading authorities in regard to Indian and Native health. Dr. Manson earned his BA in Anthropology from the University of Washington and his MA and PhD in Anthropology from the University of Minnesota.
James T. Minor
James T. Minor, Ph.D. is Senior Strategist for Academic Success and Inclusive Excellence at California State University. He was the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary for Higher Education Programs in the Office of Postsecondary Education of the Department of Education. Dr. Minor most recently served as a Senior Program Officer and Director of Higher Education Programs for the Southern Education Foundation in Atlanta, Georgia. He has held other significant positions which include a tenured associate professor of higher education policy at Michigan State University, a fellow at the University of Georgia’s Institute for Higher Education, and Research Associate at the Pullias Center for Higher Education at the University of Southern California. An author of many scholarly articles, reviews, national reports, and book chapters, James holds a B.A. from Jackson State University, a M.A. from the University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Leo S. Morales
Leo S. Morales, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medicine, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Center for Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion for the School of Medicine at the University of Washington. Prior to joining UW, he has held faculty appoints at UCSF, UCLA and the Group Health Research Institute. Dr. Morales’s research has focused on measurement of patient reported outcomes in diverse populations, and minority health and health disparities including immigrant and Latino Health. Dr. Morales graduated from the University of Washington’s School of Medicine and completed a residency in primary care internal medicine at UCSF/San Francisco General Hospital. He completed a research fellowship in primary care at UCLA and received his Ph.D. in Policy Studies from the RAND Graduate School. He also received a M.P.H. in Health Services from the University of Washington.
Clifton A. Poodry
Clifton Poodry, Ph.D. is a Senior Science Education Fellow. Prior to joining HHMI as a Senior Fellow, Clifton A. Poodry was the Director of the Training, Workforce Development and Diversity Division at the National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), NIH. He was responsible for developing and implementing NIGMS's policies and plans for research training programs and capacity building programs that reflect NIGMS' long-standing commitment to research training and the development of a highly capable, diverse biomedical and behavioral research workforce. Dr. Poodry was a Professor of Biology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where he also served in several administrative capacities. As a professor, Dr. Poodry was involved with NIH sponsored Minority Biomedical Research Support (MBRS) and Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) Programs and as a director of an HHMI Undergraduate Biological Sciences program. As a Program Director for Developmental Biology at the National Science Foundation, Poodry developed the minority supplement initiative that was copied widely at NSF and later at NIH. Dr. Poodry is a native of Tonawanda Seneca Indian Reservation in Western New York. He earned both a BA and an MA in Biology at the State University of New York at Buffalo, and received a PhD in Biology from Case Western Reserve University.
William F. Spriggs
William Spriggs, Ph.D. serves as Chief Economist to the AFL-CIO, and is a professor in, and former Chair of, the Department of Economics at Howard University. Bill assumed these roles in August 2012 after leaving the Executive Branch of the U.S. Government. Bill was appointed by President Barack Obama, and confirmed by the U.S. Senate, in 2009 to serve as Assistant Secretary for the Office of Policy at the United States Department of Labor, taking a leave of absence from Howard University to do so. Bill’s previous work experience includes roles leading economic policy development and research as a Senior Fellow and Economist at the Economic Policy Institute; as Executive Director for the Institute for Opportunity and Equality of the National Urban League; as a Senior Advisor for the Office of Government Contracting and Minority Business Development for the U.S. Small Business Administration; as a Senior Advisor and Economist for the Economics and Statistics Administration for the U.S. Department of Commerce; as an Economist for the Democratic staff of the Joint Economic Committee of Congress; and, as staff director for the independent, federal National Commission for Employment Policy. Spriggs graduated with a B.A. from Williams College in 1977. He received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1984.
Victor Tam
Victor K. Tam, Ph.D. is currently the Dean of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) at Santa Rosa Junior College (SRJC), a two-year community college in Northern California. Victor’s professional career has primarily been focused in community college education. Victor started as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry in 2007 at Foothill College, teaching both sophomore organic chemistry and allied health organic and biochemistry. As a faculty member, Victor oversaw a STEM internship program, which placed community college students into research experiences at Stanford University and San Jose State University. Victor also served as chemistry department coordinator/chair and was co-PI of a NSF S-STEM grant to address STEM retention and success rates. In 2014, Victor transitioned to the position of Dean of Physical Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering. He served as administrative tri-chair for the Basic Skills Workgroup, focusing on equity issues for academically under-prepared students. Victor also coordinated college courses at local high schools, and facilitated a STEM Summer Camp for 7th through 10th grade students to increase interest in STEM fields. He has worked with the City of San Jose’s Office of Economic Development’s Work2Future Program to pilot computer skills training courses for non-traditional students. Victor assumed his current position at SRJC in July 2016, and has been involved with the construction of a bond-funded STEM Building. Victor is the child of immigrant parents and a first-generation college graduate who grew up in California’s Central Valley. He holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, San Diego.
Cristina Villalobos
Maria Cristina Villalobos, Ph.D is Professor and interim director for University of the Texas Rio Grande Valley's School of Mathematical and Statistical Sciences, and held the position of President’s Endowed Professorship (2014-2016). She is the Founding Director of the Center of Excellence in STEM Education. The eldest of three children born and raised in McAllen, TX, to immigrant parents from Mexico, she was taught to always "take the initiative." This example would serve her well as she began early on to search for opportunities to excel and to strengthen her path towards a college degree. Dr. Villalobos is a passionate individual with a self-imposed life-long mission of providing the environment and opportunities needed for US underrepresented students to succeed. The "motto" access, excellence and impact define the mission, goals and objectives of Cristina as an incredible mentor and a STEM national leader. Cristina graduated from the University of Texas-Austin with a B.S. in Mathematics and pursued her graduate studies at Rice University earning her doctorate degree in 2000. She is a 1994-1997 Predoctoral Ford Foundation Fellow, and is currently serving a 3-year appointment in the Board of Directors for the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.
Dorothy C. Yancy
Dorothy Cowser Yancy, Ph.D. is President Emerita of Shaw University and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU). During her tenure at JCSU, Dr. Yancy marshaled phenomenal growth and progress. She was heralded as one of the best fundraisers nationally for raising more than $145 million and growing the endowment from $14 million to $53 million. Due to her efforts, JCSU was the first HBCU to receive the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant in 1996 and become an IBM “Thinkpad” University. At Shaw University, she was able to stabilize the financial state of the University by securing a $31 million federal loan. She restructured and refinanced the University’s debt, balanced the budget and recruited one of the largest freshmen classes in the history of the University.

Dr. Yancy has published more than 40 articles and labor arbitration cases in academic journals. Currently, she serves as a member of the Board for Morehouse College and Atlanta Communities in Schools. She is an Individual Member of the United Negro College Fund. She is inducted in the most prestigious honor society in the nation, the Delta of Georgia Chapter of Phi Beta Kappa and a recipient of the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Leadership Award from the International Salute to the Life and Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. Yancy has buildings named in her honor at Shaw University and JCSU.

Dr. Yancy holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Social Science from Johnson C. Smith University, a Master of Arts degree in History from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from Atlanta University. She has been awarded honorary doctorates from Virginia State University, Shaw University, and JCSU.

Lance S. Young
Lance Shipman Young, Ph.D. is Chair and Associate Professor in the Department of Chemistry of Morehouse College. His areas of expertise include structural biology, protein x-ray crystallography, protein chemistry, and biochemistry. Prior to holding his current position he served as the Co-Director of Morehouse College’s MARC U*STAR Program (the National Institute of General Medical Sciences- Minority Access to Research Careers/Undergraduate Student Training in Academic Research Program), an honors research training program that provides college juniors and seniors with advanced research training opportunities. The program is Young earned his BS. in Chemistry from Morehouse College and his Ph.D in Biological Chemistry from Texas A&M University.


Disclosure of Conflicts of Interest

The Committee includes a balance of members from academia (administrators, faculty, and former minority STEM students), foundations and non-profit organizations, former state and federal policymakers, labor and educational economists, and individuals from business or industry. Nominees were selected to include a number of leaders in biomedical science, technology, engineering, and medicine; established researchers and early career researchers; academic leaders in higher education administration; and those who straddle multiple disciplines and career experiences. These nominations include people who are passionate about examining the evidence around programs and policies that are effective in propelling more minority students toward degree attainment in STEM fields and toward strong preparation for success in STEM careers. Further, the primary and alternate nominees include members of NAS, NAE, and NAM to ensure representation across the National Academies.

The proposed chair, Dr. Kent McGuire, brings a wealth of experience as the President and CEO of the Southern Education Foundation (SEF). The SEF is a non-profit association that focuses on public policy and educational practice from pre-K to higher education in the southern United States. A major focus of SEF’s mission is to support the participation and success of poor and minority students in postsecondary education. In addition to his expertise in the non-profit sector, Dr. McGuire also holds expertise in education administration (former Dean of the College of Education at Temple University) and education policy (former assistant secretary of education under the Clinton administration). Dr. McGuire’s current research interests include organizational change, education finance, and school improvement.

Events



Location:

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave NW, Washington, DC 20418
Event Type :  
Symposium

Description :   

The National Academies will convene a variety stakeholders, including MSI leaders, researchers, policymakers, government agencies, private foundations, and representatives from industry, to discuss, debate, and explore approaches to implement the report’s recommendations.

Given the projected demographic profile of our nation, the educational outcomes and STEM readiness of students of color will have direct implications for America’s economic growth, national security, and global prosperity. The report identifies promising strategies to support the long-term success of the millions of students of color in STEM at MSIs and the capacity of these institutions to remain innovative and competitive in a global economy.

Through facilitated discussions, participants will propose cross-sector initiatives to stimulate the necessary actions to promote change and lasting success for MSI students. Join us for a day of inspiring and informative conversations on Minority Serving Institutions and their role in producing talent to fulfill the needs of the nation’s current and future STEM workforce.

Videos:
Morning Session
Afternoon Session





If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Austen Applegate
Contact Email:  japplegate@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2461

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
No

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
Meeting

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Leigh Jackson
Contact Email:  lmjackson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2047

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Kent McGuire
Lorelle Espinosa
Anthony Carpi
Aprille Ericsson
Lamont Hames
Wesley Harris
Eve Higginbotham
Leo Morales
James Minor
Anne-Marie Nunez
Clifton Poodry
William Spriggs
Victor Tam
Cristina Villalobos
Dorothy Yancy

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

drafted conclusions, worked on the report title, and discussed the study’s remaining tasks and timeline

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
February 22, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Description :   

This was a closed committee meeting.


Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Leigh Jackson
Contact Email:  lmjackson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2047

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Kent McGuire
Lorelle Espinosa
Anthony Carpi
Aprille Ericsson
Lamont Hames
Wesley Harris
Eve Higginbotham
James Minor
Leo Morales
Anne Marie Nunez
Clifton Poodry
William Spriggs
Victor Tam
Cristina Villalobos
Dorothy Yancy

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report Findings, Recommendations and conclusions
Report draft wordsmithing/editing
Discussed data used in report
Discussed further data commissioned by American Council on Education and American Institutes for Research
Identified gaps in report
Discussed committee sign-off
Discussed potential reviewers for report

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Report Draft was made available

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
January 11, 2018
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  -
Contact Email:  -
Contact Phone:  -

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Kent McGuire
Lorelle Espinosa
Anthony Carpi
Lamont Hames
Wesley Harris
Spero Manson
James Minor
Leo Morales
Anne-Marie Nunez
William (Bill) Spriggs
Victor Tam
Cristina Villalobos
Dorothy Yancy
Clif Poodry
Eve Higginbotham


The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Virtual meeting was held to debrief on the committee's completed site visits and to discuss the current report draft.

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center
100 Academy Way, Irvine, CA 92617
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Leigh Jackson
Contact Email:  lmjackson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2047

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Kent McGuire
Lorelle Espinosa
Jim Bertin
Anthony Carpi
Lamont Hames
Wesley Harris
Spero Manson
James Minor
Leo Morales
Anne-Marie Nunez
William (Bill) Spriggs
Victor Tam
Cristina Villalobos
Dorothy Yancy

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Report Draft
Site Visit debrief--takeaways, future site visits, potential agendas, volunteers
Timeline
Strengths and concerns
Division of report section writing among committee members

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Program Book was made available
NASEM IRB documentation related to site visit
Report Timeline
Site Visit timeline

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
September 22, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
The American Council on Education
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Leigh Jackson
Contact Email:  lmjackson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2047

Agenda
Committee on Closing the Equity Gap: Securing our STEM Education and Workforce Readiness Infrastructure in the Nation's Minority-Serving Institutions

COMMITTEE MEETING 3

Open Session Meeting
July 17, 2017
9:30am -5:00pm (EDT)
Meeting Location
American Council on Education
One Dupont Circle NW
Washington, DC 20036
202-939-9300

9:30 a.m. Welcome and Introduction to Study
Mr. Tom Rudin, Director, Board on Higher Education and Workforce,
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
Dr. Lorelle Espinosa, Committee Co-Chair
Dr. Kent McGuire, Committee Co-Chair

9:40 a.m. Introductory Remarks
The Value of Diversity in Higher Education and the 21st Century Workforce
Dr. Earl Lewis, President, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

10:00 a.m. PANEL 1: Current Challenges and Opportunities for MSIs
Speakers:
?Dr. Robert Terry Palmer, Associate Professor, Howard University
?Chancellor Judy Miner, Chancellor, Foothill-De Anza Community College District
?Dr. Julie Park, Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College Park
?Dr. Lee Bitsoi, Chief Diversity Officer, Stony Brook University
Moderator: Dr. Cecilia Rios Aguilar, Associate Professor, Director of the Higher Educational Research Institute, UCLA

11:00 a.m. Q/A with audience

11:30 p.m. Break for Lunch
(Catered lunch for committee and guest speakers)

12:30 p.m.PANEL 2: Innovative Programs and Strategies on MSI Campuses
Speakers:
?Dr. Herb Schroeder, Founder, Vice Provost, Alaska Native Science andEngineering Program, University of Alaska, Anchorage
?Ms. Rachael Brown, Associate Professor, STEM Accelerator Grant ProfessionalDevelopment Coach, South Texas College
?Dr. Wil Del Pilar, Vice President of Higher Education Policy and Practice, TheEducation Trust
Moderator: Dr. Anthony Carpi, Committee member

1:15 p.m. Q/A with audience

1:45 p.m. PANEL 3: Partnerships with Business, Industry, Government Agencies
Speakers: ?Mr. Derek McGowan, Program Manager, Higher Education Institutions, GlobalDiversity and Inclusion, Lockheed Martin ?Mr. Melvin Greer, Grant Managing Director and Senior Research Fellow, GreerInstitute for Leadership and Innovation
?Dr. Tien Pham, Senior Campaign Scientist, Information Sciences, U.S. ArmyResearch Laboratory
?Mr. Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., President and CEO, Thurgood Marshall Fund
Moderator: Dr. Chad Womack, National Director, STEM Initiatives and the
Fund II Foundation UNCF STEM Scholars Program

2:45 p.m. Q/A with audience

3:15 p.m. Break

3:30 p.m. PANEL 4: Ensuring the Success of Minorities at MSIs Through
Effective Public Policy
Speakers:
?Ms. Lezli Baskerville, President and CEO, National Association for
Equal Opportunity in Higher Education ?Mr. Neil Horikorsi, President & Executive Director, Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund
?Mr. Jim Hermes, Associate Vice President of Government Relations,
American Association of Community Colleges
?Dr. John Moder, Senior Vice President/Chief Operating Office,
Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities
?Ms. Carrie L. Billy, President & CEO, American Indian Higher
Education Consortium
Moderator: Mr. Tom Rudin, Director, Board on Higher Education and Workforce,
National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine

4:30 p.m. Q/A with audience

5:00 p.m. Meeting adjourns
Supporting File(s)
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Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Jim Bertin
Anthony Carpi
Aprille Ericsson
Lorelle Espinosa
Lamont Hames
Eve Higginbotham
Spero Manson
Kent McGuire
Leo Morales
Anne-Marie Nunez
William Spriggs
Victor Tam
Crsitina Villalobos
Dorothy Yancy
Lance Shipman Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Draft Outline
Potential Site Visit Nominations
Timeline
Strengths and concerns

The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Program Book was made available
NASEM IRB documents related to site visit approvals
Supplemental information

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
July 14, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Conference call
Event Type :  
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Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Leigh Jackson
Contact Email:  lmjackson@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2047

Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

Keck Center
500 5th St NW, Washington, DC 20001
Event Type :  
-

Registration for Online Attendance :   
NA

Registration for in Person Attendance :   
NA


If you would like to attend the sessions of this event that are open to the public or need more information please contact

Contact Name:  Irene Ngun
Contact Email:  ingun@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  202-334-2389

Agenda
Committee on Closing the Equity Gap: Revitalizing Stem Education and Workforce Readiness Programs in the Nation's Minority-Serving Institutions

Committee Meeting 1
April 10, 2017

Meeting Location:
The National Academies’ Keck Center
Room 201
500 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001


1:00 Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Remarks
Kent McGuire, Committee Chair

1:10 Introductory Remarks
o Kenneth Wright
Policy Advisor
Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President

o Ja’Ron K. Smith
Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization Policy
Domestic Policy Council
Executive Office of the President

Remarks from Sponsor Organizations
o Elizabeth Boylan
Program Director, Programs on STEM Higher Education
Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

o Mary K. Blanusa
Program Officer, Education
The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust

o Carol S. Jimenez
Acting Director, Deputy Director
Office of Minority Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Question and Answer Session with Committee and Sponsors

3:00 Adjourn Open Session
Supporting File(s)
-
Is it a Closed Session Event?
Yes

Closed Session Summary Posted After the Event

The following committee members were present at the closed sessions of the event:

Kent McGuire
Jim Bertin
Anthony Carpi
Aprille Ericsson
Lorelle Espinosa
Lamont Hames
Wesley Harris
Eve Higginbotham
James Minor
Leo Morales
Clifton Poodry
William Spriggs
Victor Tam
Cristina Villalobos
Dorothy Yancy
Lance Young

The following topics were discussed in the closed sessions:

Day 1
- Discussion of Meeting Objectives and Agenda
- Discussion of Bias/Conflict of Interest
- Discussion of Study Background and Statement of Task
- Discussion of Strategic Approach to Study

Day 2
- Discussion of Strategic Approach to Study


The following materials (written documents) were made available to the committee in the closed sessions:

Remarks from the Sloan Foundation
First of all, congratulations and best wishes to the chair, Dr. Kent McGuire, and study committee members who will, I am sure, focus their critical minds carefully and thoroughly on the significant questions posed as the rationale for this National Academy of Sciences study. Representing one of the sponsors of this study, I am very pleased and proud to be able to provide a few comments and context as the work of the committee formally begins. I regret that I cannot offer these remarks in person and share in what I anticipate will be an energetic and far-ranging discussion.
The Foundation can trace its history of grantmaking for diversity and inclusion efforts back to the days when Mr. Sloan was president, from the time of the Foundation’s founding in 1934 until he stepped down as its president in 1962. We know from his writings and his actions that he cared deeply about strengthening colleges and universities whose primary mission was to educate underrepresented minorities. Under his leadership, significant funding was awarded to HBCU’s and to the United Negro College Fund to build their endowments and fundraising infrastructure. The current president, Paul L. Joskow, devoted his President’s Letter in the most recent Annual Report to a history and analysis of the Foundation’s efforts to diversify the nation’s higher education systems and the STEM workforce. You may download the essay here: https://sloan.org/storage/app/media/files/annual_reports/APS-2015-Presidents-Letter.pdf.
Our current funding priorities are aimed at improving the quality and increasing the diversity of higher education in STEM. Most of our awards support scholarships for underrepresented minority graduate students, though we have interests in the entire higher education ecosystem. Through the grant for this study committee, we are agreeing that there is much to be gained by studying both the obstacles faced by minority-serving institutions and the practices that have enabled them to support the ambitions of their very promising students.
As your study director, Tom Rudin, knows well, the Sloan review process for all proposals is a searching one that involves many drafts and high expectations. We want you to be successful, and as a means to that end, have worked with Tom to develop a list of specific metrics of success that will be used by you and us to measure the impact of the committee’s work. These range from the specific deliverables of x meetings and focus groups and y briefings to longer-term outcome metrics on impact. These are important now to help you construct your vision and develop your plans. I would also like to argue that it is also very important at this stage to set limits, to articulate clearly priorities among your target constituencies, to establish the most pressing common problems they share, and to develop workable strategies to effect the changes you envision.
You have agreed to a grand challenge. If the issues were easily attainable, they would have been solved already -- and decades ago. The country needs your commitment and creativity. I am proud that the Sloan Foundation is joining in your efforts that resonate well with Mr. Sloan’s own interests and values to increase equity and decrease racial injustice in American higher education. Onward!

Date of posting of Closed Session Summary:
April 18, 2017
Publication(s) resulting from the event:

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Publications

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