Strengthening STEM Ecosystems in Underestimated Cities

Mar 5, 2024

11:30am – 12:30pm CT

Increased STEM education investments over the past decade have sparked tech ecosystem growth in some urban and rural areas. However, a concerning national gap persists. Poorer and historically underserved students in these areas lack access to tech skills, confidence, and STEM career interest. Leaders in education, tech, and policy are joining forces in this session to address: empowering these communities, promoting equity, securing long-term data-driven critical investments, and advancing research that equips students with the skills required to achieve fulfilling high-growth STEM careers.

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Tyrance Billingsly

Black Tech Street

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Pamela Gilchrist

Virginia Tech Innovation Campus

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Michelle Millben

Code Rising

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Miles Sebesta

Kapor Center