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CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 Diversity within CISM Ramon Lopez and the CISM Team
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 The need for increased diversity To maintain a healthy community, we must draw more from populations that historically have not pursued careers in science For example, in 1998, about 55% of all bachelors degrees awarded in the U.S. were earned by women The U.S. Department of Education projects that this trend will continue to grow and that women will represent 58% of the bachelors class of 2010.
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 The need for increased diversity While total enrollments are going up, a disproportionate fraction of that growth comes from groups that traditionally do not follow scientific careers Source:Digest of Education Statistics, NCES-2001-034, National Center for Education Statistics, 2001.
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 Diversity in Physics In 1997 African Americans earned only 5% of Bachelor’s degrees and 1% of Ph.D. degrees (and only 0.5% in Earth and Space Sciences). The numbers for Hispanics were 2% and 1%, respectively AGU/SPA has 3100 members Anecdotally, there are about a dozen Hispanic Space Physicists in the US community and only a handful of African Americans
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 Gender Distribution Physics is at the bottom of the barrel Even below Engineering
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 Gender in Earth and Space Sciences (AGU study)
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 CISM: A Diverse Enterprise CISM Executive Committee is more diverse that the field as a whole - two women, one Hispanic, out of 8 members CISM leadership includes individuals well known for their commitment to improving diversity in science CISM Institutions are diverse, include public and private universities, government labs, private industry, and minority serving universities
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 Current CISM Demographics CISM as a whole is about 21% female - much better than Physics as a whole Of the 12 US undergraduates, 9 (75%) are female and/or minority. (There are 3 non- US undergraduates.) Of the 12 US graduate students, 4 (25%) are female and/or minority. (There are 9 non- US graduate students.)
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 CISM Strategy for Diversity Undergraduate research program will target the recruitment of Women, Hispanics, and African Americans, with a target of 30% participation (currently met) Teacher intern program expanded to include 2-yr college faculty to build relationships, disseminate undergraduate teaching materials, and excite students about space science New MS program at AAMU to be supported by CISM helping to establish a long-term space physics presence Outreach/recruitment of students at NCBPS and SACNAS annual meeting
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 New Graduate Concentration in Space Physics at AA&MU Alabama A&M University is an HBU with a strong record of producing African-American Physicists In 2000 AAMU obtained NASA funding under the Minority University Initiative to support an undergraduate concentration in Space Science There is a strong interest at AAMU in expanding a research capability in Space Science
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 New Graduate Concentration in Space Physics at AA&MU CISM is working with AAMU to support the introduction of a new MS concentration Paperwork will be prepared this summer; creation of new program by next year CISM resources, like Summer School, joint mentoring of student research via Access Grid, etc., are key supports CISM will reallocate funding identified from the Education budget to partially support a new Space Physics faculty line; AAMU will provide the other half of the funding This new program will be a significant CISM legacy providing a new and lasting pathway for African- Americans to enter Space Physics.
CISM Site Visit 29 May 2003 Conclusions CISM has a strong commitment to diversity, as illustrated by the makeup of the Executive Committee and core institutions Because of the very small numbers in the field, just bringing a few Hispanic or African-American students into the space physics will have a large impact