JSU hosting symposium for women of color in STEM fields

Jackson State University’s Jake Ayers Institute for Research will hold its second annual conference this month for women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM.

The mini symposium, “Advancing the Status of Diverse Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics,” will be held July 31 at the Mississippi e-Center at JSU.

The purpose of the conference is to connect and support the advancement of STEM women of color in the Southeast, especially historically black colleges and universities, and to address research related to issues and challenges of African-American women displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

This academic conversation will include keynote speaker, Juliette B. Bell, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Fayetteville State University in North Carolina.

“Discussing issues for women of color in science, technology, engineering and mathematics is something we will continue to advocate,” said Joseph Martin Stevenson, founding director of Jackson State’s Executive PhD Program in Urban Higher Education, which includes the Ayers Institute.

The symposium will build on past relationships and foster an ongoing dialogue that supports the advancement and sustainability for women to succeed, said Stevenson, former provost and vice president of academic affairs at Jackson State.

“We hope that this conversation will continue on an annual basis and that improvements as well as advancements will be implemented for years to come,” said Stevenson.

For more information, contact Fran Bridges at 601-979-1811 or may.f.bridges@jsums.edu, or visit http://www.jsums.edu/ephd/stem2008/.

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