Young Black men from across the South will spend a day exploring careers in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (S.T.E.A.M.) at Meharry Medical College on September 30.
The third annual summit will provide resources for young Black men in high school or undergraduate studies to prepare for S.T.E.A.M. careers. The event will be presented by Meharry Medical College and Meharry-Vanderbilt Alliance with partners, Bridge to Success and the Urban League of Middle Tennessee Guild.
Attendees will hear from guest speakers, including: Dr. James E.K. Hildreth, president/CEO of Meharry Medical College; Isaiah Johnson, former NFL player; and Dr. Andre Churchwell, senior advisor to the chancellor on Inclusion and Community Outreach.
“We see better health outcomes when we have diverse practitioners taking care of diverse populations, yet Black men make up less than three percent of U.S. physicians. An increase in Black physicians is critical to the well-being of Black communities,” said Dr. Hildreth. “To make this possible, we need to support young Black men while they are in school and open their eyes to all the possibilities ahead. Meharry is proud to host this summit since it breaks down barriers Black men face on their paths to success.”
In addition to guest speakers, attendees will hear panel discussions by leading professionals in S.T.E.A.M., participate in hands-on science activities, and interact in a medical simulation lab on Meharry’s campus. The summit includes lunch with student researchers, scientists and doctors; a resume writing session and an interview workshop.
“The summit is an example of the sustained efforts needed to increase the number of Black men in medicine,” said Dr. Churchwell. “Our two medical schools and community have created events like this one (and a summit in the spring for young Black women) to creatively address the lack of diversity within healthcare and uplift future Black professionals.”
The summit will take place September 30 from 8 am to 2 pm in the S.S. Kresge Learning Resource Center on Meharry’s campus, 2001 Albion Street. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.