Racialized inequities within STEM, or the unequal distribution of opportunities and resources based on race, have led to disparities in academic achievement and outcomes for BlPOC youth. Black students, in particular, are often underrepresented in STEM fields and are more likely to face barriers preventing them from succeeding.
One factor contributing to this inequality is the historical legacy of racism and discrimination, which has resulted in limited access to quality education, resources, and opportunities for many Black individuals. Additionally, the lack of representation and cultural competence in STEM fields has created a difficult environment for Black students to succeed; role models that reflect Black students can create a STEM environment that is more comfortable and safe to navigate.
To address this issue from a comprehensive lens, we must first acknowledge that the current system of education and STEM is built on oppressive structures, where not enough efforts have been made to facilitate proper STEM education for Black youth in particular. Even current efforts from government and private agencies are yet to be effective. We must work towards a more just and equitable society by dismantling the systems perpetuating these inequalities and replacing them with alternatives, prioritizing community empowerment, liberation, and healing.
Building on the efforts of our partner, Teamwork Englewood (TE), particularly that of Program Manager Avanii Hazzard’s commitment to center the needs of desires of the youth she works with, this program will invite experts to sit in rotating roundtable conversations with program attendees. These conversations will be led by TE’s youth and will center their curiosity and desires for what knowledge they want to share and learn about. Non-TE attendee’s are invited to participate in the discussions, where questions for our experts are welcome!
Join Teamwork Englewood, The Association for Women in Science, and The Chicago Council on Science and Technology for a chance to center youth in a conversation about what it means to be Black in STEM.
Saturday, May 20th, 2023 from 12:30pm-2:30pm CT, in person at Harper High School.
6520 S Wood St, Chicago, IL 60636
This program will be hosted in person at Harper High School. C2ST will work with our partners to ensure that COVID protocols put in place by the CDC, and the city at large, are followed and well-communicated. COVID protocols, and any other emergent information will be emailed to all registrants the week of the program.
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