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October 3, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm EDT

Communicating Best Practices for Mentoring Underrepresented Students in STEM
Tuesday, October 3, 2017 –  12 – 1PM

 OneNOAA science Seminar Series Speaker: Leticia D. Williams, Ph.D., Howard University, Fellow, NOAA Center for Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology Sponsor: NOAA’s National Ocean Service Science Seminar, co-hosted by Lonnie.Gonsalves@noaa.gov and Tracy.Gill@noaa.gov

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NOAA scientists play a critical role in supporting the development of the next generation of STEM talent. NOAA programs such as the Hollings Scholarship, Cooperative Science Centers, and the Education Partnership Program Scholarship bring over 100 students to NOAA facilities annually. These students receive valuable hands-on training directly from NOAA professionals who play a pivotal role in the development of a diverse future science workforce. During this presentation we will discuss best practices for mentoring underrepresented STEM students and address key challenges NOAA staff may be facing. Since the 1980s, scholars, educators, and science practitioners have developed mentoring programs to increase the diversity of STEM students, specifically women, African Americans, Hispanics, and Native Americans. Nationally these mentoring programs have had minimal success in increasing the population of underrepresented students in the STEM pipeline. Communication practices of mentors are critical to the mentoring process. This project demonstrates the importance of communication, race, gender, and culture to mentor underrepresented graduate STEM students. All those involved or interested in student mentoring and workforce development are encouraged to attend.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Leticia Williams is a recent graduate from Howard University’s Communication, Culture, and Media Studies program. She is currently a research fellow at the NOAA Cooperative Science Center in Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology (NCAS-M) at Howard University.  After completing her bachelor’s degree in journalism at the University of Southern California, Leticia joined Fox Sports and MyNetworkTV as a research analyst. This experience as an analyst prompted her return to academia at California State University, Fresno where she earned a master’s degree in communications. Her research interests include technology, media, and science communication to explore how scientists communicate their research. And also the role of communication in increasing awareness of issues related to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and diversity. The objective of Leticia’s current research is to examine how to facilitate multicultural mentoring practices among STEM faculty and STEM professionals to matriculate underrepresented students into the STEM pipeline.

For more information, see OneNOAA Science Seminars


October 3, 2017
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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