Press Release: November 9, 2015




Diversified Scholars Initiative Elects its First Board of Directors

A new Philadelphia-based non-profit organization aimed at increasing racial and ethnic diversity in STEM holds first board of directors meeting.

November 9, 2015

Philadelphia, PA—The newly-formed Diversified Scholars Initiative (DSI), a nonprofit based in Philadelphia, recently completed its board elections on October 11, 2015, and elected nine new board members.

The elected officials include: President, David Jamison, Ph.D.; Vice President, Anthony Driggers, Ed.D.; Secretary, Emily Mattes; Treasurer, Dannielle Solomon Figueroa, Ph.D.; and Programs Director, Simara Price, Ph.D. Elected at-large board members include: Ebonye Gussine Wilkins; Manuel Figueroa, Ph.D; Seeni Komolafe, Ph.D.; and Jeaná E. Morrison.

“The pipeline which produces the next generation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) scholars is very leaky,” noted Dr. Jamison, who is also DSI’s founder. “And it is disproportionately people of color—already underrepresented entering the pipeline—who are falling through the cracks. As a result, only 8 out of every 100 STEM faculty are Black or Hispanic, and this lack of mentors and advocates creates a viscous cycle. Exiting the pipeline is a STEM workforce that lacks diversity and is thus ill-equipped to handle the challenges of an increasingly global economy.”

DSI intends to support STEM scholars at every level—from K–12, to undergraduate, graduate and faculty. Part of the work advocates for support systems and infrastructure that STEM students of color need to ensure their success. In the long term, the goal is to make America’s pool of STEM faculty and professionals more diverse, ensure that the pool is better representative of the U.S. population, and enable this more diverse set of scholars to compete on a global scale.

These goals will be reached through and supported by: workshops, seminars, mentoring networks, advising institutions on issues related to STEM diversity, and fundraising.

In the coming months, DSI will be hosting a Delaware Valley-wide mixer and networking event for STEM students, faculty, and professionals and will deliver a series of workshops for undergraduate and graduate students

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Media Contact:
David Jamison
President and Founder, Diversified Scholars Initiative

About Diversified Scholars Initiative

The Diversified Scholars Initiative was founded in 2015 by Dr. David Jamison. The mission of DSI is to reverse the trends of underrepresentation and improve retention of ethnic minority students, faculty, and professionals in STEM fields.


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