A New Resource: Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence

Congratulations to the entire team responsible for publication of the new ACS Book: Growing Diverse STEM Communities: Methodology, Impact, and Evidence.

The book, which is edited by PROF members and leaders including Leyte Winfield, Gloria Thomas, Linette Watkins and Zakiya Wilson-Kennedy, has been published as a part of ACS Books Symposium Series. It is currently available as a eBook, and the print version is set to be released in December 2020.

Understanding practices with demonstrated impact on increasing underrepresented student persistence in STEM addresses an area of national need that is not well represented in the literature. This book profiles programs, practices, and teaching innovations designed to improve recruitment, performance, and retention in the academic STEM environment; particularly as it relates to women and individuals from underrepresented ethnic and racial groups. Accounts detailed in the text were based on symposia sponsored by the Division of Professional Relations held at the ACS Fall 2018 National Meeting.

The book is grounded by an introduction from Ivory A. Toldson, The president and CEO of The Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network and former executive director of the White House Initiative on HBCUs, who shares from his vast experience research and perspectives on cultivating STEM talent at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs). The books details academic programs that have lead to measurable success and engagement of individuals from groups underrepresented in STEM and highlight leadership and administrative aspects that undergirds such efforts.


Join us once more in congratulating all involved in this project, and thank you for providing such a wonderful resource to the community!

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