"Been There. Done That." Recruiting, Engaging and Including Underrepresented Students in STEM

Part 1: Engaging, Retaining and Including Black Males in STEM

In This Webinar:

Please join Dr. Erik Hines, Dr. Amit Savkar, and three black male students who have completed their undergraduate STEM degrees and are now working in, or furthering their studies in STEM fields. This discussion will focus on the challenges each of them faced along their STEM journey, how they overcame those hurdles, and what we can do to improve this journey for other black male students.

  1. You will better understand the STEM journey culturally, through the eyes of students.
  2. You will discuss how to be more culturally responsible in STEM.
  3. You will learn the necessary factors of recruiting, retaining and including black men in STEM.

Meet the Speakers

Stephen Sam
Former Student
Stephen Sam recently completed his Master’s Degree in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Connecticut, where he also earned his Bachelor’s Degree. Stephen is currently employed as a Software Engineer at Lexmark Inc. in Lexington, Kentucky.

Asa Guest

Former Student
Asa Guest earned his B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. He currently works for IBM and will start his M.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering at Duke University in the Fall of 2021.

John Owens

Former Student
John Owens earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Connecticut in May 2020. He is currently working for EverSource and plans to pursue his doctorate in the near future.

Dr. Erik Hines

Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology and Learning Systems at Florida State University
Dr. Hines is the Coordinator of the Counselor Education Program and School Counseling track where he prepares graduate students to be professional school counselors. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Maryland, College Park in Counselor Education with a concentration in Urban School Counseling. Dr. Hines’ research focuses on college and career readiness for African American males, parental involvement and its impact on academic achievement for students of color and improving and increasing postsecondary opportunities for first generation, low-income, and students of color.

Dr. Amit Savkar
Stemify President & CEO, Professor in Residence at the University of Connecticut
Amit holds a Ph.D. in Mechanical Engineering and a Ph.D. in Education Psychology, Measurement Evaluation and Assessment (expected in 2021). He has thirteen years of experience teaching math at the University of Connecticut and is currently a Teaching Fellow, and the Director of Quantitative Center, and the Faculty Director of Innovation House Learning Community. He is also the Director for Online Learning at the Math Department.