Diversity in STEM: A Look at STEM Choices Amongst Black and Latinx High School Students
The calls for increased diversity and participation of persons from historically underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) have gained increasing prominence within education in recent years, yet Black and Latinx students continue to have unequal opportunities to pursue STEM. This research investigates the disparity of Blacks and Latinx students' participation within high school STEM. Specifically, systemic influences and teacher impact are discussed. The research identifies teacher-student relationships, student recruitment methods, teachers' perceptions about STEM, inadequate preparation of teachers, and lack of resources as stimuli that inhibit student participation within STEM courses and programs. The examination of these stimuli could help school leaders and educators implement appropriate strategies to increase participation rates of Blacks and Latinx in STEM.