05/01/14 #BLACKandSTEM

The Merriam-Webster dictionary definition of policy is:

  1. a :  prudence or wisdom in the management of affairs b :  management or procedure based primarily on material interest
  2. a :  a definite course or method of action selected from among alternatives and in light of given conditions to guide and determine present and future decisionsb :  a high-level overall plan embracing the general goals and acceptable procedures especially of a governmental body (bold emphasis added by author)

Policy impacts our lives through the multiple levels (federal, state, municipal) of government and the institutions where we work and attend school.  As #BLACKandSTEM, we may encounter policy issues in the forms of debate over building a sustainable research infrastructure, the recent Supreme Court decision on affirmative action, and accessibility of STEM education to African American children –  just to name a few.

Today’s #BLACKandSTEM focuses on STEM/Education policy issues and how they may impact our community differently.

I hope that today’s #BLACKandSTEM inspires positive discourse on various issues and enlightens us all on where #BLACKandSTEM can do more to inform policy makers on the issues that are important to us.

Here are the questions:

  1. What are STEM and/or education policy matters that are important to you right now?
  2. What are ways in which these issues may affect the #BLACKandSTEM community differently or disproportionately?
  3. What policy-related activities are you involved in?

Spin-off discussions are encouraged.

As usual, respond at your convenience through-out the day and REMEMBER TO USE THE #BLACKandSTEM HASHTAG!!

Look for the “you might be interested in STEM policy if…” post later today!

 

“Policy.” Merriam-Webster.com. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 1 May 2014. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/policy&gt;.

 

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4 responses to “05/01/14 #BLACKandSTEM

  1. Pingback: You might be interested in policy if… | #BLACKandSTEM

  2. The policies that matter to me are the education for future #BlackandSTEM and their access to decent educational opportunities. More “advertising” of these programs would only make the “geeks” feel like there’s something more available to them and I like that.

  3. KillerJoe

    The two different universities that I’ve attended (one being an HBCU, the other being a PWI) have scholarship programs catered specifically to majors in the STEM field. Within these respective programs, I have made both close friends and strong networking bonds, and I feel that programs such as these need to be broadcasted much more prevalently to younger minorities.

  4. What are STEM and/or education policy matters that are important to you right now?
    Making sure that educator,s early childhood providers and parents understand why STEM is important and how it connects with what your doing inside and outside the classroom.

    What are ways in which these issues may affect the #BLACKandSTEM community differently or disproportionately?
    Parents lack of knowledge of what STEM is, why it’s important and willingness to invest long term.

    What policy-related activities are you involved in?
    I educate and speak on technology and STEM as a childcare provider as an exemplary use of technology.

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