The Ethnic Online STEM Foundation!
Updated: Dec 1, 2020
“building the NEXT generation of Ethnic STEM professionals”
By 2022, STEM careers will grow faster than any other industry! The national average wage for STEM occupations, $87,570, is considerably higher than all other occupations, $51,960. Unfortunately, African Americans & Hispanic professionals account for 16% of all STEM professionals. The Ethnic Online STEM Foundation (EOL STEM Foundation) seeks to change this, ensuring minorities have a larger representation in STEM.
Founder & Executive Director, Leonard Webb, states, “The EOL STEM Foundation will offer STEM 101 workshops designed to educate parents on the value of STEM and learn how to identify STEM potential in their children. We will also provide STEM summer camps and support students by providing STEM college preparation and career-readiness activities.”
Several STEM professionals serve on the EOL STEM Foundation Advisory Board. According to George Llado, Sr. VP and CIO at Alexion, “the EOL STEM Foundation will equip children with the education needed to be competitive in STEM.”
Dr. Ruth Blake, Advisory Board member and geologist and biogeochemist, Yale University, hopes “the EOL STEM Foundation will increase awareness of STEM careers.” Dr. Blake will provide a STEM curriculum and hands-on experience in STEM fields.
Advisory Board member and Grant Writer, Takiya Green, is excited to work with an organization committed to “making an impact, providing knowledge, and creating opportunities for minorities.”
18% of African American first-year students enrolled in a STEM major. 40% of African American students switched majors from STEM to other majors, resulting in only 12% of African American Students earning STEM degrees.
Principal and co-founder of the Pathways in Technology Early College High Schools (P-TECH) School and Advisory Board member, Karen Amaker, wants to improve this statistic. She states, “we must prepare students for STEM careers.” As an administrator of a STEM school, Karen “will make connections between the Foundation and other organizations.”
In 2018, 2.4 million STEM jobs were vacant due to a shortage of STEM professionals.
Medria Blue-Ellis, Principal of the Engineer Science University Magnet School (ESUMS) and Advisory Board member, is committed to “planting and harvesting seeds of talent in our children.” Medria leverages her educational experience of twenty-five years, including being principal of a leading STEM school for eight years.
Firefighter, Lieutenant Matthew Sarracco states, “STEM provides opportunities that our children must be prepared to receive.” As an Advisory Board member, Lieutenant Sarracco relies on his Fire Department experience, which is heavily rooted in STEM.
According to Leonard, “there are several great STEM schools. If we can prepare children for these schools, such as ESUMS & P-Tech, we help lay the foundation.”
Advisory Board member, Latisha Douglas, Sr. Database Specialist, Prudential Services is confident “the EOL STEM Foundation will expose youth to STEM, which is vital because many children do not receive STEM education. The STEM camps will help increase the percentage of minorities in STEM.”
Our Advisory Board members are committed to the success of the organization.
We are honored to have the support of STEM leaders, such as Alexion Pharmaceuticals. Webb Mason Marketing, Yale University, Diageo, Walmart, and Pyramid Family Dental, all who continue to support our mission.
You can help support the next generation of ethnic STEM professionals. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn how you can join our mission of “building the next generation of ethnic STEM professionals.”
For more on the Ethnic Online Foundation visit www.ethniconlinestem.org