The Alpha Policy Forum is proud to be a part of a newly launched initiative focusing on Minority Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics). This initiative looks at opportunities to start programs for women in healthcare, computer science, and other disciplines across the US.
Minority millennials make up 34% of the population, but only receive 12% of the undergraduate degrees in engineering. One in ten STEM professionals is a minority woman. Minority women have less access to mentors, peers, capital, and support than their male counterparts. We can go on with More Statistics & Information, but these disparities cannot continue if we hope to change the outlook of minority communities and awaken our true economic and technological potential.
The Alpha Policy Forum will work with a coalition of partners to change outcomes for women in STEM-related fields. We are proud to join the National Bar Association, the 100 Black Men of America, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and Global Learning and Diversity Partners in this ongoing mission. As we move forward, we will look for additional partners and funding sources - both at the local and national levels - to expand opportunities in education (K-12 through collegiate education), and in professional and social circles.
We will actively work with Minority Serving Institutions to create a broad set of academic programs that promote the increased participation of minority women in STEM fields. We will work with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs), Asian American Native American Pacific Islander Serving Institutions (AANAPISIs), as well as other types of Minority Serving Institutions (CLICK HERE to learn more) to drive education across the racial and ethnic spectrum. We will leverage joint support to create collaborative programs within schools that have minority women as presidents – e.g., Benedict College, Bowie State University, California State Polytechnic University-Pomona, etc. We want to create joint programs supported by all-women schools like Bennett College and Spelman College, and we want to create joint programs between MSIs and mainstream partners to advance the cause.
We will work with Municipal Organizations to create communities of support and success for female students and entrepreneurs. We will include the development of mentor and support groups within education to create the availability of financial and IT support for minority women entrepreneurs. We will also seek to embrace metropolitan areas with strong minority female leaders – e.g., Washington DC, Baltimore MD, Chula Vista CA, etc. - as lighthouses for success in this endeavor.
We will work with local and national Social Institutions that focus on minority populations - for example, Greek letter organizations, professional associations, social groups, nonprofits, charities, etc. We will embrace, support and promote their existing initiatives that support K-12 and collegiate programs, as well as programs pushing for broader professional development and sustainability. Together, we will help women develop the range of skills to succeed in STEM fields through the combination of education and employment initiatives.
In summary, this coalition will work together with civil rights organizations, schools, and municipalities to identify opportunities to get more minority girls and women in STEM programs - both for education and professional development. We will leverage existing resources, corporate support, and foundation funding whenever possible. And we will work together with our partners to create new programs where necessary. If you want to work together on this mission, we are ready to stand with you. Contact Us and let us know that you’re on board. Please pass this along to other individuals and organizations you believe would be good partners. We look forward to working together with you to make a difference in 2019 and beyond.