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Project Information

Project Information


Closing the Equity Gap: Report Dissemination


Project Scope:

A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize and execute town hall events and presentations across the U.S. to disseminate the findings of the report, "Closing the Equity Gap: Securing our STEM Education and Workforce Readiness Infrastructure in the Nation's Minority-Serving Institutions." Events will convene key stakeholders (faculty and key administrators from MSIs, regional business leaders, and local, state, and federal government agency officials) to discuss report recommendations to strengthen STEM education and research initiatives on MSI campuses. Participants will also discuss:

  • Concrete strategies for enabling stronger, more productive partnerships between business/government agencies and MSIs
  • Evidence-based models, programs, and strategies at MSIs that are effective in increasing STEM workforce preparation, and the potential impact for the federal research agencies; and
  • Ideas and strategies that bridge the gaps (e.g., knowledge gap, capacity gap) between the MSI community and federal agencies and other research entities; 
A single proceedings of all of the presentations and discussions at the events will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.

Status: Current

PIN: PGA-POLICY-20-12

RSO: Nalamada, Priyanka

Topic(s):

Education
Policy for Science and Technology



Geographic Focus:

Committee Membership



Committee Membership

No data present.


Events


Event Type :  
Webcast

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University (N.C. A&T) invite you to join a virtual town hall. You will hear from N.C. A&T’s leadership and faculty on their mission to grow the next generation of leaders and the university’s commitment to advancing STEM education and building interdisciplinary research capacity.

This event is one in a series of town halls NASEM is conducting in collaboration with Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) to (1) promote the findings of the 2018 National Academies report, Minority Serving Institutions: America’s Underutilized Resource for Strengthening the STEM Workforce, (2) hear how HBCUs/MSIs are working to advance STEM workforce preparation, education, and research capacity, and (3) foster new discussions and solutions around these issues.

This event is supported by the Department of Defense HBCU/MI Program and the ECMC Foundation.



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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) and Florida International University (FIU) invite you to join a virtual town hall to hear from FIU on how they are merging STEM education research and practice to instantiate the community change and institutional transformations necessary to establish equity for underrepresented students in STEM. FIU leadership, faculty, and students will engage in conversations on how STEM education research can critically inform equity-centered practices and how FIU is implementing practices that promote academic success and strengthen STEM identity among underrepresented students.

This town hall will include live closed captioning. 

This event is part of a series of town halls that NASEM is conducting in collaboration with MSIs to (1) promote the findings of a 2018 National Academies report (https://www.nap.edu/catalog/25257/minority-serving-institutions-americas-underutilized-resource-for-strengthening-the-stem), (2) hear from MSIs on how they are working to advance STEM workforce preparation, education, and research capacity, and (3) foster new discussions and solutions around these issues.

This event is supported by the Department of Defense HBCU/MI Program and the ECMC Foundation.



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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

COVID-19, DACA, and the Responses of Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs): A Virtual Town Hall Discussion

Wednesday, July 8, 2020

1:30-2:45 p.m. ET

Speakers:

President Joseph I. Castro, California State University, Fresno (Biography)

President Thuy Thi Nguyen, Foothill College (Los Altos Hills, California) (Biography)

Chancellor Juan Sánchez Muñoz, University of California, Merced (Biography)

President Mark B. Rosenberg, Florida International University (Biography)

Moderated by Lorelle L. Espinosa, Vice President for Research at American Council on Education (ACE) (Biography)

Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) are the fastest growing type of enrollment-based Minority Serving Institutions, serving the educational needs of hundreds of thousands of students, advancing the full spectrum of human knowledge, and invigorating the cultural, social, and economic horizons of the regions they serve. Today these institutions are at the forefront of the nation's conversations about institutionalized racism, student support, and immigration that permeate political and legal discussions from campuses all the way to the recent Supreme Court decision on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. HSIs are also at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, researching treatments, keeping their states and communities informed, and often providing direct service to their communities. 

How have HSIs responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and to recent events, including the death of George Floyd and the uncertainty surrounding DACA?  As HSI presidents look toward the fall, what have they learned from the COVID-19 crisis, how will their institutions evolve as a result, and what might that mean for the future of HSIs in the United States?  How will HSIs adapt to the serious financial challenges likely to arise in states and the nation in the months ahead as a consequence of COVID-19? What are HSI campus leaders doing in preparation for a stronger and higher-profile role in terms of advocacy and leadership in directly addressing institutionalized racism in this country?

Please join the presidents of four of the nation’s premier HSIs as they discuss COVID-19 and issues of racial injustice. This event is the fourth in a series hosted by the National Academies' Board on Higher Education and Workforce and Issues in Science and Technology and sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense HBCU/MI Program.

Please contact John Veras (jveras@nas.edu) for questions. Video Recording here



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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Event Type :  
Webinar

Description :   

Speakers:

Makola M. Abdullah, President of Virginia State University (Biography

Mary Schmidt Campbell, President of Spelman College (Biography)

C. Reynold Verret, President of Xavier University of Louisiana (Biography)

Moderated by Gilda Barabino, President-elect of Olin College of Engineering (Biography)

Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) are among the nation’s most vital and vibrant institutions, serving the educational needs of hundreds of thousands of students, advancing the full spectrum of human knowledge, and invigorating the cultural, social, and economic horizons of the regions they serve. And today, these universities are at the forefront of the fight against COVID-19, researching treatments, keeping their states and communities informed, and treating patients at academic medical centers.  They are also at the forefront of the nation's struggles against institutionalized discrimination, systemic inequality, and anti-Black racism that are being brought to bear every day in the forms of demonstrations and advocacy in most U.S. communities.

How have HBCUs responded to the COVID-19 pandemic and to the recent events surrounding the murder of George Floyd?  As HBCU presidents look toward resuming in-person classes in the fall, what have they learned from the COVID-19 crisis, how will their institutions evolve as a result, and what might that mean for the future of HBCUs in America?  How will HBCUs adapt to the serious financial challenges likely to arise in states and the nation in the months ahead as a consequence of COVID-19? What are HBCU campus leaders doing in preparation for a stronger and higher-profile role in terms of advocacy and leadership in directly addressing anti-Black racism in this country?

Please join the presidents of three of the nation’s premier HBCUs as they discuss COVID-19 and issues of racial injustice. This event is hosted by the National Academies' Board on Higher Education and Workforce and Issues in Science and Technology and sponsored by the Kresge Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense HBCU/MI Program.

Please contact John Veras (jveras@nas.edu) for questions. Video recording here



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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa Hotel
Costa Mesa, CA, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The National Academies lead a symposium, Translating Intentionality to Strengthen STEM Education and Workforce Readiness, at the 2019 AAHHE annual conference. The symposium was lead by a member of the MSI report committee, Dr. Anne-Marie Nunez as well as Dr. Armida Ornelas, Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development at East Los Angeles College. Topics of discussions included: moving away from weeding out students with introductory STEM classes; supporting community college students to continue their studies in STEM subjects after receiving a working certification; utilizing storytelling to more effectively teach STEM students; and increasing diversity of STEM faculty.

Audience included administrators, STEM faculty, and others working to increase diversity in STEM faculty.


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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Rayburn House Office Building
Room 2325
Washington, DC, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The Space Foundation and American Astronomical Society collaborated with the Congressional STEAM Caucus and the Congressional CTE (Career and Technical Education) Caucus to host a briefing on the Challenges and Opportunities for Workforce Preparation in STEAM Fields to raise awareness for upcoming 2020 legislation focused on technical education and workforce development. The National Academies was invited to participate in the briefing to include discussion of the findings of the MSI report. Dr. Lorelle Espinosa, co-chair of the committee that produced the MSI report and Vice President of Research at the American Council on Education, joined three other panelists to discuss solutions to the STEM workforce crisis. Panelists were asked to discuss where they see the greatest opportunities are to increase STEAM involvement; how to foster supportive environments for STEAM students and ensure access to STEAM opportunities; and how the federal government can best support the advancement of a STEAM workforce.


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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

The Natioal Acadmies and the Univerity of Arizona held a half-day town hall event on campus. The meeting focused on how to make transformational changes in teaching, learning and student support to better serve student needs in STEM disciplines. The meeting kicked off with remarks from institutional leadership and Department of Defense leadership on their respective goals and initiatives in STEM research and education. This was followed by a presentation on the requirements for making transformative changes in teaching and learning in higher education.

A number of University of Arizona faculty and administrators presented on STEM initiatives, including programs that (a) promote gender equity in STEM; (b) promote racial and ethnic diversity in the field of audiology; and (c) support greater equity in STEM education through interdisciplinary group learning. National Academies staff along with committee member, Dr. Anne-Marie Nunez of the Ohio State University (member of the MSI study committee), presented on the consensus report and the innate advantages of HSIs to better serve their student population.

The meeting ended with an interactive exercise requiring participants to develop action that could produce transformative changes in STEM teaching, learning, and student support for the University of Arizona.


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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:


Hogan at Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute
9169 Coors Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM, USA

Event Type :  
Meeting

Description :   

Presentation at TCU STEM Faculty Partnering and Sharing Meeting held by American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) and the Department of Defense. Tom Rudin, Director of the NASEM Board on Higher Education and Workforce, presented on the consensus report findings and lead a group discussion challenging meeting participants to identify ways to overcome the most significant barriers that TCUs face in advancing their STEM research and education using the recommendations from the consensus report. 


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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-


Location:

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

Description :   

The National Academies hosted a one-day town hall meeting to convene key stakeholders from Minority Serving Institutions, federal and state government agencies, and philanthropic and private sectors from the Washington DC area and surrounding states to—

  • Examine promising approaches to increase MSI student success and workforce preparation in STEM fields
  • Discuss strategies for enabling stronger, more productive partnerships between MSIs and public and private  stakeholders that support STEM investments
  • Develop ideas and strategies that bridge the gaps between the MSI community and government agencies
  • Raise awareness among policymakers, the media, and the public of the vital role of MSIs in supporting economic development and national security.

View the video recording


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:  Priyanka Nalamada
Contact Email:  pnalamada@nas.edu
Contact Phone:  (202) 334-2104

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

Publication(s) resulting from the event:

-

Publications