New Report Offers Guidance for Enhancing Diversity
In Science and Engineering
“Standing Our Ground: A Guidebook for STEM Educators in the Post-Michigan Era” — released earlier this month by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) and the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME) — clarifies legally defensible options for protecting diversity in science and engineering programs.
“Without specific intent and legal guidance, minority recruitment, enrollment and support is inhibited,” said Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of AAAS and president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as well as a report contributor. “The need to promote educational and work force diversity is critical to America’s future competitiveness on the global stage. Without a strong science and engineering work force our economic and national security interests are at risk.”
Said Dr. John Brooks Slaughter, president and chief executive officer of NACME: “Improving minority participation at all levels of higher education, especially in scientific and engineering disciplines, is critical for America. In this time of momentous global advances in science and technology, our country can no longer afford to have a sizeable and growing portion of its population underrepresented in these increasingly important fields.”
For more information about the report, visit <www.aaas.org/standingourground>.
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