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     was part of the NSF-funded and American Physical Society-organized U.S. delegation. Since then, NSBP members Elaine Lalanne, Apriel Hodari, Jarita Holbrook, Herman White, Theda Daniels-Rice, Jami Valentine, Ivy Krystal Jones, Christophe McCray and Elvira Williams, along with NSHP's Luz Martinez- Miranda have all been U.S. delegates to subsequent IUPAP/CWIPs. The catalyst for the 2005 delegation, Renee Horton, was then a graduate student at University of Alabama, and rose in such prominence that she served as the Co-Chair of the fourth IUPAP/CWIP conference in Cape Town, South Africa. She also served a term as Chair of the NSBP Women in Physics Committee.

3.  NSBP has the capability of managing grants for our members primarily for recruiting, retaining, and promoting the careers of African and African American scientists. One of our current grants from the Kellogg Foundation has allowed us to support the careers of two of our women: Drs. Jarita Holbrook and Nia Imara. Through this grant, both traveled to South Africa to teach in an astronomy program focused on diversifying astronomy in South Africa (NASSP).

4.  NSBP members actively support the careers of our women by fostering summer research opportunities, postdoctoral and research positions, and encouraging them to apply for permanent positions. Our members are very proactive in keeping our women working as scientists as well as working together to find the support needed to stay in the sciences. The students tend to identify their own mentors but equally our senior members reach out to students also.

Key policy recommendations to the external communities represented at the conference (e.g., federal agencies and institutions of higher education) that would support your organization’s efforts to increase the career satisfaction of women of color and retain them in the scientific academic workforce. The Women in Physics Committee of the National Society of Black Physicists supports the following suggestions made by the Committee on Equal Opportunity in Science and Engineering (CEOSE) in their 2009-2010 biennial report that emerged from their mini-symposium on Women of Color in STEM, which we see as particularly relevant and helpful to our members.

Suggestion 1. Invest in developing women of color leaders in STEM, through efforts that include 1) Providing leadership training to midlevel professionals in academia, industry, and government; and (2) Providing funding for senior women of color to visit campuses that would not otherwise have access to these mentors.

Suggestion 2. Restructure grant funding so that a portion is withheld until a follow-up report is submitted by the grantee on how the broadening participation component of the broader impacts criterion will be met.

 



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