This project focuses on African-American workforce development in physics and astronomy careers. Over the past year, Cole, in conjunction with Christopher B. Newman, an associate professor at University of San Diego, have cultivated a meaningful relationship with the National Society for Black Physicists. Now with the support of the NSF, this partnership has spurred the development of a convening of experts at the 2017 NSBP Annual Conference.
Utilizing a “strengths based, pathway model,” 25 experts from PK-12, higher education, and industry will gather to create action plans that will address the systemic, institutional, and individual factors that impact career pathways.
The African American Workforce Development in Physics and Astronomy project is funded by a $100,000 Education and Human Resources (EHR) Core Research Grant from the National Science Foundation (Grant No. NSF DUE-1663852).