Expanding Diversity in the Next Generation of Ecology: What Works to Recruit, Matriculate, and Retain Disadvantaged Youth in Undergraduate Degrees in Ecological Degree Programs?
During this two-hour session, we will discuss the obstacles underserved youth face in pursuing ecological education at the college level as well as environmental careers, and explore programs designed to address these issues. We will engage leaders from a range of youth engagement programs to discuss challenges, opportunities, and commonalities among each program. Potential discussion themes include repairing the pipeline for youth engagement in ecology in higher education, exploring corporate partnerships, and engaging alumnae to share stories.
After presentations from our panel, workshop participants will share additional experiences and stories, and discuss ways to innovate new effective programs or to build on existing ideas. If sufficient interest, the participants may choose to write a journal article of the results.