welcomed attendees and emphasized the importance and relevance of the topic and the Colloquy to NSF’s efforts in broadening participation in STEM education.

Next, Jolene Jesse, Director of NSF’s Research on Gender in Science and Engineering (GSE) Program in the EHR Directorate, set the stage with a brief history of the GSE program. She observed that, as of the date of the Colloquy, her program at NSF which focuses on research on gender (i.e. on boys and men as well as on girls and women) had not received any proposals to address minority male participation in STEM, and that in her opinion while there had been progress on addressing girls’ and women’s participation in STEM, more research was needed on that of minority males. She presented the following goals for the Colloquy:

  • To frame a research agenda on underrepresented minority males, addressing the following questions:
  • ■   What do we know?
  • ■   What do we need to know?
  • ■   What would be key elements of an NSF solicitation to encourage research in this area?
  • ■   What should be the ideal balance between research and implementation?
  • To build bridges among researchers operating in different subspecialties of research on minority males with the aim of stimulating research collaborations and creating a sense of community.


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