Operation Recruit & Retain: Women and Minorities is the headline of an endeavor that I wish to embark on. The goal of this venture is find ways to draw and maintain the interest in young women and minorities to the field of STEM (Science Technology Engineering Math).
As the University expands into various communities it is important to remain cognoscente and inclusive of its inhabitants. Recent evidence illustrates that females are the majority in regards to undergraduate enrollment at institutions of higher learning. From 1970 to 2001, the number of women enrolled at institutions ranged from 42% of the undergraduate population to 56% of the undergraduate community (Freeman, 2004). As U.S. colleges are already majority female and are increasingly enrolling more minority students, women of color represent a growing potential source of domestic talent to meet the needs of the country. Thus, it is in the interest of all of us to ensure that women of color are well represented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields (Ong, 2011). Although females are the predominant population in higher education, they still lag behind males when majoring in certain STEM fields (Freeman, 2004).