"Leveling The Playing Field In STEM" With On Point Host Meghna Chakrabarti

There are countless challenges that face today’s youth looking to succeed in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Black and Latinx Americans face even more hurdles and are consistently underrepresented in professional STEM careers.

With support from Olin College of Engineering, WBUR CitySpace at the Lavine Broadcast Center presents “Leveling the Playing Field in STEM'' on Tuesday, March 23 at 6 p.m. This free virtual event will offer insight from industry experts on the obstacles Black and Latinx Americans face pursuing careers in STEM fields. These individuals must often overcome discrimination in recruitment and promotion practices and disproportionate access to STEM-based programming and quality education that is not experienced by their white peers.

Moderated by WBUR’s Meghna Chakrabarti, host of On Point, “Leveling the Playing Field in STEM” will feature welcome remarks from Olin College President Gilda Barabino and panelists Dr. Tarika Barrett, chief executive officer, Girls Who Code, Nigel Jacob, co-chair, Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics, Dr. Adrian Mims, founder and national director, The Calculus Project and Dr. Karl W. Reid, senior vice provost and chief inclusion officer, Northeastern University

These local and national leaders will share solutions to current obstacles facing Black and Latinx youth in STEM fields. The conversation will address how to create career opportunities in STEM, mentorships for students and policy that closes the technology gap in disadvantaged school districts.

For more information and to register for free to this CitySpace virtual event, visit the WBUR CitySpace website.