City University of New York

The Role of Mentorship in Supporting African-American Students’ Entry into Stem Careers

This presentation will share the findings of a paper that explored the role of mentorship in promoting African-American students’ entry into STEM careers. Research shows that African-Americans students are disproportionately represented in STEM careers. Their underrepresentation often means that they are unable to fully access career and employment opportunities in STEM. Mentorship has been identified as an integral part of career development.

Programs designed to connect these students with industry professionals who can support early interest and motivation in STEM are often lacking. The presentation will explore strategies that schools and other institutions may consider when designing a mentorship program to address the needs of African American students. This presentation maybe of interest to policymakers, educators and community based organizations who are seeking to develop STEM mentorship programs.

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