Bringing Underrepresented Populations into the Sciences: What Difference Does Difference Make?
This resource is a presentation hosted by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), given by Dr. Shirley M. Malcolm, addressing the underrepresentation of minorities in the sciences and the need for a more scientifically and technologically literate population. As a renowned scientist and Dean of Education, Dr. Malcolm reflects upon her own experiences and builds upon key career goal preparation and supporting processes needed to build capacity and inspiration for the next generation of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers. There is a need to build the talent pool from diversity. Her key message emphasizes how the power of diversity makes for better science, and that the 21st century requires a different set of skills and tools than what is presently provided to teachers and students.
In her presentation, Dr. Malcolm makes compelling points about diversity of all kinds, and addresses the underrepresentation of women in positions of power in the biomedical fields and other STEM fields. Her speech addresses the need for diversity in higher education faculty, and the need for relevant experiences and mentoring for women in minority groups, in order to have higher retention of diverse faculty, including scientists. Also emphasized are needs for effective capacity building in the educational system, rethinking of hiring and retention policies, and working within an environment of planning before pursuing future reforms in education, as well as for high leverages, focused goals, community involvement, maximizing the use of technology, and focus on collaboration across the educational system.