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Retaining Diverse Groups in STEM

April 26 @ 1:00 pm 2:00 pm

Speaker: Melanie Villatoro, Ph.D.
Chair of Construction Management and Civil Engineering Technology Department

Abstract:
Colleges across the United States must produce more engineering graduates to keep up with demands of the engineering workforce. Population trends indicate that women and minorities are highly underrepresented in the STEM fields. Therefore, recruitment and retention of these populations is critical to closing the predicted gap in the workforce. Perkins Peer Advisement is a grant-funded program at City Tech committed to increasing enrollment and retention of nontraditional students in engineering technology programs. The program provides a successful model for mentoring, recruiting, and retaining females and minorities in STEM. It empowers students with the resources to succeed academically and professionally, increases faculty awareness, provides positive role models, and engages participants in community outreach. Participants of the program have higher retention rates than the average reported for these majors.

Where: In-Person in Room L631 AND Live Online via ZOOM

All are welcome!