A Multifaceted Outreach Model for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences in Buffalo, NY

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Stokes, P. J., Baker, G. S., Briner, J. P., & Dorsey, D. J. (2007). A Multifaceted Outreach Model for Enhancing Diversity in the Geosciences in Buffalo, NY. Journal of Geoscience Education, 55(6), 581-588. DOI: 10.5408/1089-9995-55.6.581
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Startling national statistics continue to illuminate the need for increasing the number of underrepresented minority students graduating with degrees in the geosciences. With increasing minority populations in the U.S., diversity becomes a key issue for the sustained success of college geoscience departments. The under-funded Buffalo Public School system struggles to provide quality science education to underrepresented students, which leads to few minorities pursuing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) degrees in local colleges and universities. The Buffalo Geosciences Program (BGP) was created to provide opportunities for these underrepresented groups to participate in geoscience activities in Western New York. Our current program model (through many modifications) has now resulted in success of this objective by offering science education and outreach programming to a broad variety of public institutions at the primary, secondary, and postsecondary grade levels. During these interactions, students are made aware of geoscience career options and encouraged to pursue internships through the BGP. The ultimate (and attained) goal has been to produce minority geoscience undergraduate majors in colleges and universities.

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