Moving Boldly Towards Anti-Racism in STEM - Shared screen with speaker view
Is there still overrepresentation at the Nurse Practitioner level?
RN or LPN
Make STEM programs accessible during the school day to all students instead of just after school.
Make it available to everyone, not just to gifted/talented students
summer youth employment programs
STEM out of school programs targeting BIPOC students
NSF telling all grantees to increase the numbers in the STEM worksforce
Funding schools so resources are equitable
Culturally relevant pedagogy
Addressing each and every student as a STEM student.
Removing current/common barriers while implementing new pathways for those who have been marginalized.
Broadening participation is the act of making it available & taking action to make sure that groups are represented across groups
Create access to all for opportunities- Medical doctors, MD/Phd . Using all tools possible to introduce opportunities to a broader community inclduidng parents
Mobile programs. Inviting students from different schools/backgrounds to participate in programs.
Obliging BIPOC to contribute to the science knowledge-building
encourage, promote, support.
The same high quality in grant-funded programs as in tuition-based
Making STEM education the standard not the exception. Not the extra.
OFfering programs and opportunities to those who don't or wouldn't normally receive the information
increasing participation in stem for underrepresented minorities, eg NSF
Ensuring gifted Black and LatinX students are identified for gifted programs
start in PreK with science as a way to experience their environment and then build on that
Great insights here everyone!
Elimination of gifted programs and STEM specific tracks all students should be given quality STEM learning.
Another key to broadening participation is providing skill development to educators. Skilled teachers, aware of next generation careers, help with participation.
STEM learning and skills are going to critical for almost all careers of the future traditional and none traditional. scientist and engineers are the top professions to become entrepreneurs as well. The skills are neccessary whether kids enter a " traditional STEM career" or not.
STEM has to be relevant to their everyday life from Day 1. Thinking of curriculum as building one year on top of another so it makes sense... ie. how does chemistry relate to cooking, and engineering to computers, the environment etc.
Question is: are there places where students receive STEM learning in a framework to assimilate them to a dominate culture?
unfortunately most education is based on deficits. It is interesting to explore the asset-based approach.
Internships and preparation for those
FFA & 4-H programs
STEM skills is a way of knowing, processing and understanding. There are other ways of knowing that don't get acknowledged. In addition, we also don't acknowledge that our kids in urban environments, practice STEM skills daily just to live and exist in the world.
If we are anti-racist, why is assimilation needed?
How do we differentiate between problems with people, and problems that people have?
We have problematic systems that exasperated the decades long in equity outcomes that are a direct result of intentional disenfranchisement.
"we are sending them out into racist workplaces"
Great discussion Thank you Natalie
We also need to investigate the bias in the data but thats a entire conversation on its own for another day!
Humans are hierarchical and clickish. If we forget this, our desire toward anti-racism and equity will be slower than it has to be.
Please invite me!
Horrible decision! 25% of high schools in majority black school districts do not offer Alegbra II currently.
Do you have thoughts for those of us in higher education? Often, many colleges like to blame achievement gaps on earlier educational experiences and not the college itself.
Thank you very informative
We should judge higher ed based on how far students come, not how selective admissions were.
Kari thanks for that question! Such a good pt to call out
What would Stem Stl's work look like for programs for older youth - 19 to 26?
kari, I think colleges and K-12 have to find more and more ways to work together and build a pipeline that can work across the board.
Kids from poverty enter kindergarten closer to their middle class peers than they are at the end of 5th grade.
+1 for Erica's question
Thank you Natalie. Very helpful. As a white business leader, I think we have to get everyone at work (and everywhere) to see that unless we all take the proactive step to stop racism we are allowing it to grow. (and much is simply not visible to most) it would help to
adding on my last message which i did not finish…. we need a simple, short way to say this that is hard hitting but not insulting. i could use help on that. would love the poster to put up on the wall. thank you
What are all the systems and policies that would change if we genuinely BELIEVED that STEM is everywhere and EVERY child is a STEM learner?
Thanks, Natalie. Happy to connect with @kari and others. email@example.com
Natalie thank you for sharing your expertise, honesty and guidance. I look forward to the ongoing conversation and actions.
Great Presentation! Thank you Natalie.
This was great! Thank you Natalie!
Thank you for your insightful, and inspirational language. I have learned.
systems and policies to change? Education pedagogy with no cultural relevance and competence to educating black students.
Thank you to everyone for joining and for sharing. Stay engaged and involved while keeping our kids at the center of our anti-racist journeys.
stem as more than career path. it is something that can be enjoyed
I think one of the big issues in schools is that the curriculum is not relevant and over time we praise kids who do work they don't care about and punish kids who want relevance.
Yes, as always!
This has been a fantastic discussion. Lets keep the discussion going….and let STEMSTL be the problem solving machine
We will share this recording and resources shared by Natalie and in the chat via social and our newsletter.
I like the idea of finding something positive we each can do every day and then pursue it mindfully - a small theory of change? I think this is what you mean.
STEM hip hop is amazing! Hip Hop is the top streamed music across all races. i
I agree with Steve
Check out EarSketch to learn Python through music. We created videos for our kids in our virtual Coding Camp starting next week: https://educate.today/edvideos/maryville/
Join us next week to hear from Dr. Lagarett King at 4:30pm!
Thank you!! I'm currently thinking about performative vs actual policies. My current firm engages in performative DI programs
What are ways to make STEM culturally relevant to adult learners outside of the traditional classroom environment or higher-education? Thinking flatiron school, accelerators, etc
you need to meet the learners where they are, get input as to the best way they learn, and work around that. recognize their inherent brilliance
Science in the City: Culturally Relevant STEM Education by Brayan A Brown (Harvard) is also a great resource to read.
It is often said that every system was perfectly designed to accomplish the intended outcome. I might argue that the K-12 education system has exceeded its intended outcomes and is due for an entire redesign with different outcomes envisioned.
I would like to add that schools need to re-evaluate their curriculum and determine what is relevant.
Thank you Sherita and Natalie for facilitating this discussion
We saw districts serving “under resourced” (based on CEP) communities push math and science harder during quarantine this spring than those serving wealthier, whiter communities - I wonder how much focus on emotional support was pushed aside because of the focus on kids’ deficits for testing… :/
Great Meeting. Thanks
Thank you all. This was awesome
Natalie, do you have a Venmo/cashapp so we can acknowledge your time and efforts?
If interested in how higher ed can support Black students and low-income students, St. Louis Graduates has an event next week. Info here: dwldstl.org
Thank you, Natalie! Really appreciate this presentation as we all look for ways to advocate for anti-racist changes in our work, policies, programs and systems for BIPOC folks in STEM education and careers! And thank you Sherita for leading the call!
Thank you. I was just accepted into UMSL's doctoral program (STEM Themes), so many resources for me to use! Thank you so much!
Thank you Kevin!
Thank you Natalie and Sherita!