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At the Soul of Leadership – the Center for the Advancement of STEM Leadership

Posted on Sep 17, 2018 by Claudia Rankins

When I left my tenured position at Hampton University ten years ago, I envisioned having an impact on STEM research and education at ALL Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). My career at my alma mater spanned 22 years and I held many positions - starting as an instructor, ending as the dean of the School of Science. Since then, I have worked tirelessly as the lead program officer ... Read More

Who is ‘Minding the Gap’ in Undergraduate Engineering Education?

Posted on Jul 24, 2018 by Claudia Rankins

A brief review of the literature shows that diversity in science and engineering is important for many reasons, ranging from workforce needs, global competitiveness, and national security issues, to better science and social justice. Yet, despite decades of efforts to remedy and address the inequities in the participation of groups underrepresented in these disciplines, the disparities persist. ... Read More


Posted on Jun 19, 2018 by Erin White

In February, I had the opportunity to attend a Distinguished Speaker Series featuring Margot Lee Shetterly, author of the novel Hidden Figures. During her talk, it occurred to me that Christine Darden, Dorothy Vaughan, Mary Jackson and Katherine Jackson were “hidden” not because women in STEM were underrepresented (although they were); nor were they hidden because they did not make significant ... Read More

What does it mean to be a Black scientist?

Posted on Jun 11, 2018 by Cheryl Talley

A doctoral student who was collecting data for his dissertation posed this question to me. Our interview had started off in the usual way but quickly diverged toward this unsettling inquiry once it was clear that he had already read my CV and was not interested in it. He was interested in other things, besides Neruoscience- my experience as an NSF grantee; how I sustained my research program at ... Read More