Who and how one becomes a scientist has been a topic of much research. Yet despite years of introspection and worthwhile effort to balance the equation, the scientific community is still not reflective of the diversity of this nation. For proponents of identity theory and youth development, this phenomenon is indicative of broader social forces which thwart some youth from entering into science professions.
Drawing on his years of work helping youth of color enter into conservation fields, Curt will discuss why these obstacles are revealing of larger cultural and racial shortcomings, but luckily how a path can be found to close the science diversity gap using a method that’s as close as the human heart.
Curt Collier is the National Youth Program Director for Groundwork USA; an organization developed by the National Park Service and the EPA to help communities deal with environmental challenges. Collier travels the US helping Groundwork affiliates, federal agencies, and municipalities create programs to prepare the next generation for this work. This past October, his program received the Centennial Award from the National Park Service for significant strides made in engaging diverse populations in conservation efforts, and this coming summer Curt will directly manage 320 young adults working on restoration projects in nine national parks in eights states. Curt Collier is an Ethical Culture Leader, who served with the New York Society for six years and the Riverdale-Yonkers Society for 10 ½. He is a single father, and a special welcoming ceremony was held at the NY Society following the adoption of his son, Andy.
Shared Charity: Groundwork USA
Presider: Dan Hanson