CUNY Black Male Initiative Conference Addresses STEM

The Thirteenth Annual CUNY BMI conference, held Friday, October 5, 2018 at New York City College of Technology | 8:30am – 7pm.

The theme of the conference was “Diversifying the STEM field: Exposing and Promoting Pathways.” Featured speakers as shown in the above photograph included: a morning keynote by Dr. Cora Marrett former Deputy Director of the National Science Foundation, an afternoon keynote by Dr. James Anderson, Chancellor, Fayetteville State University, and an evening keynote by Dr. Sylvester James Gates, Jr. American theoretical physicist who works on supersymmetry, supergravity, and superstring theory.

BMI Keynote speakers

The conference included morning and afternoon panel discussions that addressed Women in STEM, Math, Professional Skills Development, the STEM Pipeline, Community involvement in STEM and Careers in STEM. The morning panels specifically discussed ‘How did we get here?’ detailing the history of STEM as it relates to these topics. The afternoon panels discussed ‘Where do we go from here?’ detailing innovative strategies as it relates to these topics. The overall theme of the conference focused on equipping conference participants to enter into STEM fields or find helpful STEM resources to enable other young people of color to begin a career in STEM, primarily young men of color, at an earlier age.

Is great to note that our School of Professional Studies got represented but more representation is needed, for more information visit http://www1.cuny.edu/sites/bmi/.

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