2017 ALPFA Boston Chapter
Strengthening the Latino Pipeline Into STEM+M Fields
ALPFA Boston and Salem State University will be hosting a Stakeholders Roundtable on Strengthening the Latino Pipeline Into Science, Technology, Engineering, Math + Medicine (STEM+M) Fields on March 21, 2017 featuring the 14th US Surgeon General Dr. Antonia Novello. Stakeholders representing some of the top academic and business institutions in the Commonwealth, along with key policy makers will come together to discuss how to increase the number of Latino students that pursue and attain STEM+M undergraduate and graduate degrees and ultimately make a successful transition to the STEM+M Fields.
Background & Context
STEM+M careers are some of the best-paying and have the greatest potential for job growth in the early 21st century. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects 1 million new STEM jobs will be created in the United States between 2012 and 2022. However, with the baby boomer generation retiring there is a significant gap in young professionals graduating with STEM+M degrees that will be able to fill these positions. F or example: 50% of all engineers in the US today will retire in the next 5-15 years. Corporations in STEM+M related industries whose business depends heavily on the availability of talent to produce the next line of innovative products and services are key stakeholders. The need for new talent is evident and the Latino population is uniquely situated to fill the gap as it will account for most of the nation’s population growth from 2005 through 2050. However it is estimated that 41% of Latino adults ages 20 and older are dropouts. Despite the fact that Latinos earned more STEM credentials across all academic levels—including associate, bachelor and graduate degrees, only 9 percent of STEM degrees and certificates went to Latinos in 2013.
Localizing the Challenge
In the particular case of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, experts agree on three main gaps related to youth’s ability to pursue STEM careers:
- The achievement gap: Only 25% of Latino students are reaching Math proficiency and higher on Mass. Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) tests compared to 74% for Asian and 58% for non-Latino white students. Only 13% of Latino students are reaching proficiency or higher for the Science, Technology and Engineering test.
- The opportunity gap: Even for proficient students, the availability of resources to pursue STEM careers is dwindling. Furthermore, affluent students have greater access to advanced placement courses (because their schools offer them), which is usually a requirement for colleges to accept applicants into a STEM program.
- The inspiration gap: Perhaps the biggest obstacle to reducing the shortage of STEM professionals is a simple lack of interest of our youth. The current education system alone is not getting students excited about these fields. Even with the State’s rich academic and corporate presence in these fields, students in Massachusetts traditionally report an interest in studying STEM careers in college at lower rate than the national average.
Given these challenges and the high demand for developing a diverse and inclusive stream of STEM+M talent this stakeholders roundtable is being convened. The stakeholders will address the current state of the US workforce with regards to competitiveness in technology and innovation, and the role that STEM+M educated Latinos play in advancing our impact on global innovation in the US. Through the lively, interactive discussion, the panelists will add their voices to the national conversation on the importance of diversity and inclusion in driving innovation in the United States.
Following the panel discussion, panelists and conference attendees will form groups to develop action plans targeting execution in the weeks to months following this event. This will be a hands-on working session using established frameworks facilitated by negotiation and consensus building professionals.
· Provide stakeholders a platform to present how targeted investment in STEM+M in the Latino population can be beneficial.
· Explore what Academic Institutions and Employer Business Partners are currently doing to strengthen the Pipeline of Latinos into STEM+M
· Understand the role of policy makers and key government stakeholders play in advancing STEM+M.
· Identify challenges to recruitment, retention, and successful transition to employment and growth in both Academia and the Corporate/Business world.
· Provide an opportunity for Stakeholders from Academia, Business Sector Employers, and Government and Policy Officials to partner in creating Plans of Action on how to overcome challenges to investing in STEM+M in the Latino Population and create pathways to education and employment.
This event is designed for agents that have or can influence decision making within their organization and industry. In Academia this can range from University Presidents to Deans, Departments Heads, and other leaders that represent and work on improving recruitment of Latinos into STEM, development of STEM academic tracks, degrees, and certifications.
The spectrum on the Employer side is vast and can range on any of the following areas listed below. The key again is to ensure attendees have decision making power and or influence to make positive changes.
· Computer and Information Systems Managers
· Natural Sciences
· Computer & Mathematics
· Architecture & Engineering
· Life, Physical & Social Science
· Education & Training of STEM+M
· Sales of STEM+M products and services
In the Policy/Government space – we are looking for decision makers whose organizations shape policy to strengthen the Latino Pipeline into STEM+M career fields– this ranges from representatives from the Executive Office of Education and it’s departments, to the Executive of Health and Human Services, Labor and Workforce Development, and beyond to other invested stakeholders able to create policy, provide funding streams, and programs to support these efforts.
Date: Thursday, March 23,, 2017
Time: 5:30p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Location: MassDOT, 10 Park Plaza, 2nd Floor, Board Room, Suite 2890, Boston, MA 02116
RSVP: If you meet the audience criteria above, please email Natalie Sanchez at firstname.lastname@example.org
5:30-6:00pm Registration and Networking
6:00-7:00pm Guest Speakers:
· Academia Stakeholder
· Employer Stakeholder
· Policy/Government Stakeholder
7:30-8:30pm Facilitated Stakeholder Action Plans
8:30pm Program Concludes
Dr. Antonia Novello Bio:
 Source: The Bureau of Labor Statistics,
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