Minorities in STEM

Increasing Minority Participation in STEM through Mentoring

Igniting interest in STEM fields start in grade school. Introducing minority students to mentors from similar backgrounds can dispel myths and plant the STEM seed
By Malibu Kothari

Public attention has been turned to the underrepresentation of minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) occupations, even though global figures on diversity in STEM are difficult to find. Scientific American tried to gather data in 2014, finding then what is true now: Minorities, as defined by each country, are not pursuing STEM careers in numbers reflective of their representation in the various populations.

Most of the recent focus has been on encouraging women to pursue higher education degrees in STEM disciplines and breaking down barriers to employment and career progression. However, research conducted by academia, government agencies, and nonprofits have discovered that increasing the number of minorities and women in STEM higher educatio...

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