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Addressing the Cultural Context of STEM Pursuits

By Angela Byars-Winston - 01.16.2012

On December 9th, the White House honored twelve individuals as Champions of Change in America.

They were recognized for their efforts to recruit and retain women and girls in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.

I am humbled to be selected as one of those twelve individuals and share this honor with numerous mentors and colleagues with whom I have had the tremendous opportunity to collaborate on research.

Two years ago, President Obama’s Educate to Innovate campaign was launched to improve the nation’s participation in STEM, particularly for youth.

Among the three pillars of this campaign is the commitment to “expand STEM education and career opportunities for underrepresented groups, including women and girls.”

My scholarship supports this third pillar by contributing research evidence to the STEM discourse on the impact of cultural factors on academic and career outcomes…. Read more »