Twitter chats #BLACKandSTEM may find interesting


  • #BGNpodcast – 7pm EST, follow @BGNpodcast
  • #Cosmos #ScienceLooksGood – 9pm EST, follow @ShareefJackson (live tweet of Cosmos)



  • #phdisabled – 12pm EST, follow @phdisabled
  • #didtechtalk – 7pm EST, follow @DigUnDiv
  • #hiphoped – 9pm EST, follow @chrisemdin
  • #STEMChat – 9pm EST, follow @STEMChat


  • #withaPhD – 12pm EST, follow @FromPhDtoLife
  • #SpoonieChat – 9pm EST, follow @DawnGibson


  • #BLACKandSTEM – throughout day, follow @BLACKandSTEM
  • #AfAmEdChat – 12pm EST, follow @AfAmEducation
  • #ECRChat – 3pm EST (every other Thursday), follow @ECRChat – Early Career Researcher
  • #DiverseAlz – 3pm EST, follow @DiverseAlz
  • #BlerdChat – 7pm EST, follow @DawnGibson
  • #HCHLITSS – 8pm EST, follow @hchlitss – Health Communication Health Literacy & Social Science
  • #scistuchat – 9pm EST (2nd Thurs each month), follow @2footgiraffe  – engage with HS students



Additional hashtags to follow:

  • #AAWiSTEM (@NSBE stands for African American Women in STEM
  • #BlerdBookClub (@blerdbookclub)
  • #PhdLife
  • #PhDChat
  • #IEEE
  • #sciodiversity
  • #divsciwri

04/24/14 #BLACKandSTEM


“Paper, paper, dissertation” has been my motto for the past couple of months.  Needless to say, I am writing.  As #BLACKandSTEM we run into all types of forms of writing – research papers, outlines, blog posts, theses, progress reports, letters – and there are processes to them all.  Today, we will ask, share and support each other!

What writing are you currently working on?

What’s your typical writing process?

What are the areas where you can use some help?

What are your tips for writing?

What are your horror stories?

What are your questions about ownership?


Share some of your writing, too!

Click here for storify.

04/17/14 #BLACKandSTEM

There are a lot of topics to talk about within #BLACKandSTEM: thesis writing, race and admissions, education, STEM policy, and whatever may be on the minds of this community.  Occasionally, it’s nice for #BLACKandSTEM to simply enjoy each other’s company.  Next, week’s #BLACKandSTEM will be about the writing process.

My algebra era:

When we were younger my three brothers and I were masters at building our music library in the most legit way possible:  sitting in front of a tape deck, fresh cassette loaded, with the radio tuned to our favorite station.  We were each locked and loaded; ready to press record when our favorite songs came on.  No iTunes, pandora, or spotify.  This was way before Napster or Limewire.  This was when remixes were actually remixed songs.  And, for me, when music and academics became intertwined.

Our cassette collections got us through chores and homework.

I took algebra in the 8th grade.  It was 1994-1995 and an awesome time in music.

Don’t believe me?

I was falling in love with STEM and this music was constantly in the background!

Today’s #BLACKandSTEM question is:  What was the soundtrack for your algebra era?  Tweet links to videos, too!

Click here for storify.

#BLACKandSTEM Parents’ Q&A 04/10/14

Tonight at 8pm EST, #BLACKandSTEM will host a chat engaging the parents and the #BLACKandSTEM community.

We want to know what questions and insights parents have regarding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) and the education of their children.  The chat will be facilitated by the @BLACKandSTEM twitter account.  Parents are invited to ask questions and share insight into the kinds of support and resources they need.

Topics we hope to cover are:

  • why are STEM and STEM education important
  • practices for advocating for the education of your children
  • STEM at home and connecting STEM to your child’s interests
  • finding programming outside of school

The focus is on how the #BLACKandSTEM community can support parents as they raise up the next generation.


#BLACKandSTEM 04/10/14

A lot comes along with being a parent or caregiver.  The responsibility of shaping another human-being carries a great deal of weight.  Decisions regarding education can have long lasting impacts while being influenced by affordability and accessibility.  Parents and caregivers can often feel helpless or overwhelmed.  Now, introduce the added considerations necessary when a child is black.

President Obama, by executive order, started the White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for African Americans in 2012, a reflection of the need to support the education of black children in this country.  Concurrently, there was a bombarding from multiple directions of parents and caregivers with the message of “expose your kids to STEM!”

Today’s #BLACKandSTEM asks two questions:

  1. What did your parents/caregivers do that had a major impact on your education and becoming STEM?
  2. What are ways that we can support parents as they bring up potential future #BLACKandSTEM?

Parents are invited to respond to questions, ask questions of the #BLACKandSTEM community, and share their concerns regarding their children’s education.

Let’s continue to share Dr. Danielle Lee’s piece for Ebony magazine along with other resources for parents.  Following the normal #BLACKandSTEM format, answer questions throughout the day.  In addition, at 8pm tonight, we will have a facilitated chat.

 Click here for storify.

#BLACKandSTEM 04/03/14

#BLACKandSTEM started with a “role” call.  It’s pretty simple – What do you do?

It’s a power message when hundred of black women and men who are scientists, engineers, developers, advocates, educators, and anything STEM make their presence known.

Check out the tweets for the first and second #BLACKandSTEM “role” calls.