Following up on her recent blog post on the topic, Bryn Mawr President Kim Cassidy sent a letter to The New York Times in response to a recent Charles Blow column on the underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math.
The letter is reprinted below.
To the Editor:
Charles M. Blow documents the persistent underrepresentation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering and math and suggests that these disparities require that we address barriers faced at each stage of education and employment.
Reasons that women and underrepresented minorities do not go beyond STEM in college include insufficient engagement; lack of role models, mentoring and peer support; and insufficient mathematics preparation to thrive in STEM fields.
Women’s colleges continue to provide an environment that addresses these challenges. For example, Bryn Mawr College has an impressive record of producing STEM majors: on average, 25 percent of undergraduates over all, 16 percent of African-American students, and 26 percent of Latina students graduated with a STEM major between 2011 and 2014. We can do more.
Since 2011, Bryn Mawr has led partnerships with other colleges to help students thrive in STEM.
The future of science can belong to us all.
KIMBERLY WRIGHT CASSIDY
President, Bryn Mawr College
Bryn Mawr, Pa.