Assessment and social change: Empowering underserved students to reimagine their future through STEM outreach

Thura Mack, Savanna Draper

Abstract

Using a STEM conference model is a method for creating social change among underrepresented student populations. Through outreach to local schools, university libraries can help pre-college students gain a better understanding of STEM fields and can ultimately attract more minority students to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. For eight years, the University of Tennessee (UT) Libraries has hosted a STEM conference for local middle and high school students.

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