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Inaugural Alabama HBCU Roundtable Discussion Series: Minority Women in STEM

The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs (GOMA) will host its inaugural Alabama HBCU Roundtable Discussion event, entitled Minority Women in STEM, on the campus of Alabama A&M University.  The event will feature a conversation examining the underrepresentation of minority women in STEM fields in Alabama, focusing on the educational pipeline for getting young girls interested in STEM and maintaining that interest and support — from K-12 through college — and examining what companies are currently doing to recruit and retain minorities in STEM-related positions within the State of Alabama.

The audience will consist of HBCU presidents from around the state, representatives from Evonik, NASA, Southern Research, HudsonAlpha, U.S. Army Materiel Command, and other STEM companies; as well as members of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus.  The agenda features greetings from Governor Kay Ivey, Dr. Ruth Jones of NASA as speaker and moderator, a panel featuring representatives from the Alabama State Department of Education, Tuskegee, Alabama A&M, Lawson State Community College, and Dr. Art Tipton of Southern Research.

At the conclusion of this event, GOMA will announce the creation of the Alabama HBCU Co-op Program, a new program focused on establishing a pipeline between the state’s HBCUs and some of the largest corporations and non-profits around the state.

The Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs was created in March 2016, and is a cabinet-level agency focused on providing input to the Governor on issues directly affecting minorities and women in the state.  The mission of GOMA is to ensure the inclusion of women and minorities in the success and prosperity of the State of Alabama.

With Alabama having the largest number of HBCUs in the nation, GOMA created the Alabama HBCU Initiative for the purpose of ensuring the viability and sustainability of Alabama’s HBCUs.

For more information, contact the Governor’s Office of Minority Affairs at 334-353-2113, or email Nichelle Williams Nix at nichelle.nix@goma.alabama.gov.