Is Higher Education Doing Enough to Help Underrepresented Students Succeed?


Episode 10

By their very nature, colleges and universities should celebrate intellectual diversity, the free exchange of ideas, and cultural norms. A commitment to academic engagement and inclusivity should be the norm. But is it? A 2017 Pew Research Center survey found that about half of STEM workers cite limited access to quality education as a major reason for the low number of Blacks and Hispanics in STEM jobs. How can we create a campus environment where all students can more fully realize their potential?

Joining Curiosity Unplugged today is Jean-Luc Ayitou, assistant professor of chemistry in Illinois Tech’s College of Science; Amanda Williams, former adjunct associate professor in the College of Architecture; and Smriti Anand, associate professor of management at Stuart School of Business.