In the journey to increasing diversity within the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics fields, minorities have come far but they are not there; and only by providing the resources, mentoring, and including everyone will the United States become No.1 in STEM worldwide.
That was the message panelists delivered Thursday at the National Science Foundation in Washington, D.C., after the screening of Crystal Emery’s film, “Black Women in Medicine.”
“We don’t want you to give it to us, just open up the damn door and we’ll get it ourselves,” said Emery.
One of the panelists discussing the film, Sarah EchoHawk, CEO of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, said the United States has not fulfilled its promise of providing Native Americans an education in exchange for land. “We’re not getting the resources that we need, we’re not getting the funding that we need, the challenge is there,” EchoHawk said. (Diverse Issues in Higher Education)