When youth of color see scientists, mathematicians and engineers depicted in the media they rarely see people who look like them. On Saturday, September 13th, the Level Playing Field Institute is co-hosting Bridging the STEM Divide, a mini STEM conference (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) for over 100 high school students from the South LA, Inglewood and Crenshaw neighborhoods at the University of Southern California. The goal of the conference is to demystify STEM majors and careers for students of color, as well as expose students to STEM networking opportunities, scholarships, college preparation resources, and free to low-cost programs in Los Angeles. With over 20 faculty, students and professionals of color volunteering during the event, the conference is designed to support, motivate, and empower low income students of color to pursue STEM studies & careers at four year universities and beyond. Bridging the STEM Divide will be held at Stauffer Science Lecture Hall on USC’s main campus. The conference will feature esteemed USC Physics professor Dr. Clifford Johnson as keynote speaker. The Women’s Leadership Project is one of the lead organizers.
Featured speakers include:
Dr. Stacey Finley, USC Biomedical Engineering
Dr. Jarvis Sulcer, President LPFI, Nuclear Science & Engineering
Brandon Bell, Microbiology, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Devin Waller, Planetary Geology, California Science Center