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NOMA Participates in White House Workshop on STEM Minority Inclusion
February 18, 2013

On Monday, February 11, 2013, the Obama Administration held a White House Workshop on STEM Minority Inclusion, at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.  NOMA and twenty-five representatives from STEM professional societies that focus on increasing participation of underrepresented minorities were invited to attend.  Among the groups attending were American Assn of Blacks in Energy (AABE), Black Data Processing Associates, MAES: Latinos in Science & Engineering, National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists & Chemical Engineers (NOBCChE), National Society of Black Engineers-Alumni Extension (NSBE), National Society of Black Physicists (NSBP), National Technical Assn (NTA),  and Society for Advancement of Chicanos & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE), National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering (NACME), American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES), The National GEM Consortium, National Assn of Black Geoscientists, Institute for Broadening Participation, National Society of Hispanic Physicists, Hispanic Heritage Foundation, Hispanic Youth Institute (part of Hispanic College fund), Excelencia in Education, Asian Pacific Islander American Assn of Colleges & Universities, National Congress of American Indians, Great Minds in STEM, and the National Biotechnology & Pharmaceutical Assn.

Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy opened the meeting with remarks about the desire of the Obama Administration to make inroads to better equip graduates for the demands of a high-tech economy and create classes focused on science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies.

The three-hour long session included discussions regarding Leadership and Policy Opportunities, K-12 Education, Out-of-classroom science experiences for youth, STEM jobs of the future, Increasing federal employment opportunities for minority STEM professionals, media campaigns, and entrepreneurship & innovation. Kathy Dixon AIA, NOMA, the current NOMA President, attended the workshop on behalf of the organization.  The group is expected to move forward on ideas developed during the Workshop.  Ideally, the next steps will involve implementation strategies.

Outside observers included representatives from  the White House HBCU initiative, White House Initiative on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders, White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges & Universities, Bureau of Indian Education, Commodities Futures Trading Commission, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the Department of Education.