Black Woman to Head STEM Collaborative

by: Lisa Snowden-McCray Special to the AFRO
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Arizona State University Associate Professor Kimberly A. Scott. (Courtesy Photo/sst.clas.asu.edu)

A Black woman noted for her efforts to make the studies of science, technology, engineering and math accessible for everyone will now lead the National Academic STEM Collaborative. Arizona State University associate professor Kimberly A. Scott was appointed by President Barack Obama to the post earlier this month.

“Too many African-American, Latina and Native American women are pushed out of the STEM experience in college,” Scott said in a statement published on Arizona State University’s website. She said she hoped to help empower young women.

The group, made up of non-profits and higher education institutions, is charged with supporting minority girls and women in STEM fields. They will do this by training hiring managers and other personnel on how to address bias, track the experiences of women of color in STEM studies, and plan online workshops.

Scott teaches women and gender studies at Arizona State. She is the founding executive director for the school’s Center of Gender Equity in Science and Technology. She also founded the CompuGirls program. That program, which has been around since 2007, is aimed at girls ages 13 through 18 from under-resourced school districts. It teaches them how to succeed in the STEM fields.

The University of Maryland-Baltimore County and Spelman College are among the schools involved in the collaborative.

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