Preparing the Future STEM Workforce for Diverse Environments

Journal Article

Following the belief that diversity breeds innovation in scientific endeavors, there is a national push for more diversity in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce in order to maintain national economic competitiveness. Currently, STEM-related employment is only 28% non-White; however, greater efforts to recruit and retain underrepresented minorities should increase this figure. Amidst the attention given to supporting “leaky pipelines,” less emphasis has been placed on mitigating challenges associated with bringing diverse cultures together. This article presents a framework for supporting underrepresented minorities in building STEM-relevant skills and enhancing their ability to collaborate with peers different from themselves.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Daily, SB; Eugene, W

Published Date

  • September 2013

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 48 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 682 - 704

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-8340

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0042-0859

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1177/0042085913490554


  • en