Kickoff to STEMM Leadership Development Program at USM Gulf Park

Thirty students, all members of the Boys and Girls Club, gained hands on experience into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

The Mississippi Gulf Coast Environmental Justice STEMM Leadership Development Program kicks off their five-year initiative to introduce STEM to middle and high school students of color.

USM, in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Harrison County and Steps Coalition, created an annual program to guide students into college and eventually careers in the STEM field. USM Coordinator of Sustainability Science David Holt said, “The STEM field is notorious for being, having a relatively low percentage of black, indigenous people of color represented. We’re here to reach out and show them that science is a valid career and that you can move forward and have a wonderful life doing it.”

Partners in the program hope to see it grow across the Coast and throughout the nation.

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