Dreams of Boosting Innovation for Girls Network

Featuring Whitney McCoy, research scientist at the Center for Child and Family Policy.

Abstract: This research talk will discuss building a network of diverse higher education scholars, STEM career professionals, students, teachers, and advocates in the Black community focused on addressing the challenge of access and opportunity to informal science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. More specifically the Dreams of Boosting Innovation for Girls Network (Dream B.I.G. Network) will focus on identifying a praxis-oriented framework of race, gender, and place intersecting for Black girls, examine the landscape of informal STEM education, and pinpoint the components needed to enhance and challenge the norms and beliefs that contribute to inequity in Black girl identity development, engagement, and persistence in informal K-12 STEM education.