Building a Pipeline of Diverse STEM Graduates Through Mentors

Building students' interest in STEM subjects begins in grade school. Connecting minority students to STEM mentors from similar backgrounds can ignite curiousity and love of learning.
By Malibu Kothari

Public attention has been turned to the underrepresentation of minorities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) occupations, even though global figures on diversity in STEM are difficult to find. Scientific American tried to gather data in 2014, finding then what is true now: Minorities, as defined by each country, are not pursuing STEM careers in numbers reflective of their representation in the various populations.

Most of the recent focus has been on encouraging women to pursue higher education degrees in STEM disciplines and breaking down barriers to employment and career progression. However, research conducted by academia, government agencies, and nonprofits have discovered that increasing the number of minorities and wo...

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