While the numbers of women pursuing higher education in science, engineering and medicine has grown (including the number of minority women) there is still a relatively small number of minority women faculty in all institutions of higher education including minority serving institutions. This project will review the existing research on education and academic career patterns for minority women in science, engineering, and medicine. It will focus on model practices and programs that recruit, retain, and advance women of color with a recognition that not all programs may work effectively for different ethnic and racial groups.
Committee on Advancing Institutional Transformation for Minority Women in Academia 1st Committee Meeting
October 9-10, 2011 | Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Committee on Advancing Institutional Transformation for Minority Women in Academia 2nd Committee Meeting
January 11, 2012 | Keck Center, 500 Fifth Street, NW, Washington, DC 20001
Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia
Agenda and Presentations | Written Testimonies | Session Videos
June 7-8, 2012 | NAS Building, 2101 Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20418
A conference was conducted to (1) systematically review relevant research literatures to enhance understanding of the barriers and challenges to the full participation of all minority women in STEM disciplines and academic careers; (2) identify reliable and credible data sources and data gaps in order to better understand the critical transitions where women of color are lost; and (3) identify the key aspects of exemplary policies and programs that are effective in enhancing minority women's participation in faculty ranks.
Videos of Highlights from the Seeking Solutions Conference Are Now Available (click to see more)
Speaker: Shirley Malcom, AAAS
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Seeking Solutions reviews the existing research on education and academic career patterns for minority women in science, engineering, and medicine to enhance understanding of the barriers and challenges to the full participation of all minority women in STEM disciplines and academic careers. Additionally, this report identifies reliable and credible data source and data gaps, as well as key aspects of exemplary policies and programs that are effective in enhancing minority women's participation in faculty ranks. Success in academia is predicated on many factors and is not solely a function of talent. Seeking Solutions elucidates those other factors and highlights ways that institutions and the individuals working there can take action to create institutional cultures hospitable to people of any gender, race, and ethnicity.
The report includes a summary of all the discussion panels at the conference, two commissioned papers, an annotated bibliography of studies on women of color, and 28 written testimonies from professional societies, federal agenices and academic institutions. A free PDF of the report can be downloaded at the National Academies Press website: http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=18556 Please contact CWSEM staff at email@example.com if you need to request a printed copy of the report.
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, Co-Chair, Chief Scientific Officer, Cytonome/ST, LLC
Florence Bonner, Co-Chair, Senior Vice President, Research and Compliance, Howard University
Joan W. Bennett (NAS), Professor, Department of Plant Biology and Pathology, Rutgers University
Alicia Carriquiry, Professor of Statistics, Iowa State University
Anothony DePass, Assistant Vice President for Research Development and Director, MBRS RISE Program, Long Island University
Joseph M. DeSimone (NAE), Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Joseph S. Francisco, Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Purdue University
Sylvia Hurtado, Professor and Director of Higher Education Research Institute, University of California, Los Angeles
Vivian W. Pinn (IOM), Former Associate Director for Research on Women's Health, National Institutes of Health (NIH)
Catherine Didion, Director
Victoria Gunderson, Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow
Wei Jing, Research Associate
Mahlet Mesfin, Christine Mirzayan Science & Technology Policy Graduate Fellow
This study is sponsored by the National Science Foundation Grant No. 1049637.
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