Category: Poster

45 - Is STEM Truly for All? The Authentic Voice of Black and Latino Students Regarding their Motivation to Engage in STEM

Friday, Nov 10
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

This presentation takes an intricate look at the factors that motivate Black and Latino students to engage in STEM. According to the literature, the U.S. workforce could employ as many as 140,000 additional Black and Latino college graduates in STEM fields annually if the gap in college completion by Blacks and Latinos closed to roughly match that of the White and Asian student graduation rates. The goal of this presentation is to inform those involved in the STEM education to career pipeline of a 5-step motivation-based process that encourages Black and Latino students to engage in STEM.

Adrienne Coleman

Multicultural Education Specialist
The Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy
Aurora, Illinois

Dr. Adrienne Coleman, a nationally recognized Diversity & Inclusion speaker/researcher, serves as the Multicultural Education Specialist at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA). In this role, she is responsible for promoting a culture that appreciates, affirms, and includes students, faculty, and staff from a multiplicity of cultural backgrounds, who have high talent and interest in mathematics and science. She previously worked at Rutgers University as a Program Development Specialist, Research Assistant and Adjunct Faculty with the Bloustein School of Public Health as well as at Illinois State University as a Health Educator. She has served as an AmeriCorps member and has been part of the United States delegation team that assisted Moldova (Eastern Europe) in addressing issues of human trafficking and inadequate health education.

Dr. Coleman is the recipient of the NAACP 2016 Trailblazer in Education Award, the 2013 - 2016 Leon Lederman Scholar’s Award and the IMSA 2012 E = MC2 award. Her areas of interest include public health, social justice/diversity education and higher/gifted education. She is a qualitative researcher who has examined the motivation of Black and Latino students to engage in the STEM education and careers. Her research has informed STEM programs throughout the nation. She hopes to contribute to the education and economic development of students from underrepresented populations by continuing her research on the motivation of culturally and linguistically diverse students engaged in STEM, ultimately strengthening and diversifying the STEM education to career pipeline.

Dr. Adrienne Coleman possesses a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Argosy University and a Master of Science Degree in Health, Physical Education and Recreation with an emphasis in Health Education as well as a Master of Science in Educational Administration and Foundation with an emphasis in College Student Personnel Administration both from Illinois State University.