STEMconnector Virtual Event Series

STEMconnector Virtual Event Series

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On February 26th, STEMconnector hosted the STEMconnector Virtual Event Series: How Employer-HBCU Partnerships Can Support a Robust STEM Workforce, which took a deep-dive into how partnerships between employers and historically black colleges and universities can have a big impact on finding STEM talent. With Black History month being a major driving force for the STEMconnector team and our members, the webinar served as a great way to close out Black History month 2021 with a thought-provoking panel discussion and audience Q&A.

Kicking off the discussion was Ingrid Ellerbe with Base 11, who has been a longtime STEMconnector partner and is committed to having the discussions necessary to build a diverse STEM-ready workforce. Some of the many topics discussed during the panel discussion include:

  • Insights into each of the panelists and how their HBCU experiences contributed to their personal and professional success
  • Data about how HBCUs are supporting STEM talent
  • Examples of employer-HBCU alliances and guidance about how to approach new partnerships
  • Challenges and solutions around STEM attraction and retention
  • How partnerships between HBCUs and employers can support work-based learning opportunities, mentorships, and innovation

We are grateful for the panel’s participation and to everyone who made this webinar a success including:

  • Jackie Berry, Manager, Education Initiatives, 3M Corporation
  • Dr. Olga Bolden-Tiller, Professor of Animal Science and Department Head, Department of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Tuskegee University and President-Elect Minorities in Agriculture Natural Resources and Related Sciences (MANRRS)
  • Sunji Jangha, Director of Pipeline Programs, University of Maryland Baltimore County
  • Dr. Robin Coger, Dean of College of Engineering, North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical University
  • Jaye Espy, Partnership Development Leader, Stride Learning
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