2007 - 2017 Declared The Decade of Blacks in Science
The Decade of Blacks in Science grew out of the Year of Blacks in Science declared by Catalyst in 2006
The Decade of Blacks in Science is a campaign to mobilize, co-ordinate and coalesce the human and material resources needed to solve the problem of the low level of participation by African Americans in STEM fields. It grew out of the Year of Blacks in Science declared by Catalyst in 2006, and is embarked upon in recognition of the amount of work required to bridge the gap between where we areand where we need to go the response of the Black Science Community to this initiative has convinced us that we can move the needle on this important issue of national concern.
The Decade of Blacks in Science has six (6) programmatic components:
- Opening NSBE Jr. Chapters in 10 targeted cities: Philadelphia, PA; Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; New York, NY; New Orleans, LA; Los Angeles, CA ; Detroit, MI; Washington, DC/ Baltimore, MD ; Cleveland, OH
- Negotiating with school districts and science membership organizations for the incorporation of teaching by real working scientists into K-12 curriculum
- Biennial regional strategy sessions to assist in the development of local outreach programs designed to draw local youth into math and science related activities
- Annual strategy session with Science membership organizations to keep the campaign on track and take advantage of emerging opportunities for greater progress.
- Media campaigns designed to project to young African Americans the image of themselves as scientists.
- Annual Awards Gala to recognize those making significant contributions to the Banneker Institute goal of increasing the number of African Americans involved In STEM fields.
- Centers for Science Excellence
You are invited to join the Banneker Institute as a partner in pursuit of this important mission. There are four levels of collaboration
(click the level of interest to find out more):
______________________________________________The Banneker Institute has constructed and populated a baseline of data on the status of African Americans in STEM fields. The Decade of Blacks in Science progress will be tracked by updating this database annually. To view the data in its current form click the link provided below.