Ignored Potential

February 28, 2017
A collaborative Road map for increasing African-american women In engineering

A collaborative Road map for increasing African-american women In engineering.

By 2020, STEM jobs in the United States are expected to increase by 10% (Lockard & Wolf, 2012); however, with some sectors reporting nearly 600,000 unfilled engineering jobs (BLS, 2015), declining numbers of engineering graduates cause alarm. The dearth of African American students in engineering is often cited as a crucial area for improvement, but upon closer examination, African American women in particular are pursuing engineering degrees at lower rates; in fact, only 26.3% of engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to African Americans in 2011 went to women despite the fact that women outnumber men nearly 2 to 1 in college (Slaughter et al, 2015).

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NSBE, SWE, WEPAN