Title: Exploring the Critical Direction of STEM Education for Men of Color in a Post Obama United States
Abstract: During is presidency, Obama took an important stance on increasing educational opportunities for men of color, particularly by focusing on increasing access and retention in STEM disciplines. As seen in research literature, men of color, predominantly African American and Latino men often complete high school and college in lower numbers when compared to their peers. Further disaggregation of data illustrates their lack of success in STEM disciplines at the postsecondary level. Given recent economic demands and educational realities, research in STEM education has gained prominence in the scholarly community. Unfortunately, research that focuses on the lived experiences of men of color in STEM education has been limited. Nevertheless, increasing the number of men of color in STEM disciplines has great importance for America’s global competitiveness and is a critical driver for continued economic growth and development. Now more than ever, it is vital to reduce educational inequalities that continue to decrease opportunities for STEM degree completion for men of color.
Brief Bio: Alonzo M. Flowers is an Assistant Professor in the School of Education at Drexel University. Dr. Flowers specializes in educational issues including academic identity development of men of color (MoC) in STEM education. He also focuses on issues including diversity, teaching & learning, and college student development in higher education. Specifically, Dr. Flowers’ research focuses on the academic experiences of African American male students in the STEM disciplines. Dr. Flowers currently serves as Senior Research Fellows with The Massachusetts Institute for College and Career Readiness (MICCR) at Boston University. To date, he has completed 40 peer-reviewed national conference presentations, including several presentations at the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and American Educational Research Association (AERA). Dr. Flowers’ research continues to impact the needs of underrepresented students in education he has authored or co-authored several book chapters and articles that focus on students of color and their academic experiences. Dr. Flowers has recently co-author the book, “The African American Student ‘s Guide to STEM Careers” which focuses on practical educational tools for African American students to navigate the STEM pipeline.
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