Science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) knowledge and skills are vital to the success of today’s students. McCoy — being one of the few journalists with experience in mainstream business publications writing about STEM issues — recently has written, edited, and produced hundreds of articles on minority leaders with STEM as well as biology, business, chemistry, computer science, and physics degrees. Doing so has convinced him that minority youth are less than adequately informed regarding intellectual, educational, and financial STEM-focused information and opportunities. His intent is to develop multimedia deliverable content showcasing the many successful STEM practitioners who rightly should serve as educational models. Today’s talk provides a glimpse into the knowledge and experience acquired from his proximity and interaction with STEM students, academics, scientists, researchers, and executives of color and addresses how future generations of STEM leaders might best be prepared and assured of their place in the world.
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Speaker Bio: Frank McCoy has been staff editor at Business Week, senior and contributing editor for Black Enterprise, and senior editor for U.S. News & World Report. With Time-Life Books, he has been employed as a writer, proofreader, and text researcher. His experience in digital publications include being executive producer for AOL Money & Finance and business editor for NetNoir Inc., a position from which, in addition to writing and editing, he conducted a weekly live online business chat show for the AOL community portal. Diverse freelance print and digital publications appear in venues such as African Financing Review, Working Mother, Savoy, National Geographic, AARP.org, and Africana.com. For the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) Knight Diversity Project, he recently authored a number of compact profiles highlighting African American leaders in science, technology, engineering, and math-related fields that are projected for use in a series of video presentations. In addition to a bachelor’s from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, McCoy possesses an MA in International Relations from The Fletcher School, Tufts University and an MS in Journalism from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.