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Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine. By Feb 5th, 2019

*Please send me nominations before February 5th (include: name, affiliation, profile url)*

The Policy and Global Affairs Division (PGA) and the Health and Medicine Division (HMD) of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine are searching for experts in the scientific, technology, engineering, math and medicine (STEM) professions to be considered for a new *Roundtable on Black Men and Black Women in Science, Engineering and Medicine*.

The Roundtable will convene twice annually for an initial period of three years, and host 2-3 national or regional workshops each year. Roundtable members, drawn from academia, government, philanthropy, and industry will focus on the barriers and opportunities encountered by Black men and Black women as they navigate the pathways from K-12 and postsecondary education to careers in science, technology, engineering, and medicine.

The goals of the Roundtable are to:

  • Convene a broad array of stakeholders representing higher education, industry, health care, government, private foundations, and professional societies;

  • Compile and discuss quantitative and qualitative data relevant to the representation and experiences of Black men and Black women in STEM;

  • Highlight promising practices for increasing the representation, retention, and inclusiveness of Black men and Black women in STEM;

  • Identify key levers, drivers, and disruptors in government, industry, health, and higher education where actions can have the most impact on increasing the participation and leadership of Black men and Black women in STEM; and

  • Advance discussions that can lead to increasing systemic change.

Practitioners in STEM fields, as well as experts in the fields of *STEM training and education, education policy, workforce policy, and diversity, equity, and inclusion are needed for the committee*. Suggestions are sought for qualified individuals in all sectors of the scientific, technological, engineering and medical communities. The excellence of the members of its committees is crucial to the National Academies’ work. The committee will be selected to reflect a wide range of expertise. We are committed to the inclusion of underrepresented minorities and early-career professionals in all phases of this work. Your assistance in identifying potential committee members especially from these target populations is greatly appreciated.

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