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Speakers Added: Rural Gateway Conference Call: STEM: A Discussion of Best Practices in Rural Communities - March 28, 2018 - 2:00 PM EDT

The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call. Scheduled for March 28, 2018, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) STEM initiatives that are targeted to urban and rural communities.

HUD’s Office of Public and Indian Housing/Community and Supportive Services Division STEM Innovation Networks Initiative is a place-based program that allows Public Housing Authorities (PHAs) to work with disconnected and school age youth in HUD assisted communities to participate in hands-on STEM activities designed to engage, excite and inspire students. State of the art equipment and technology is used to impart learning strategies to spark and sustain a career in STEM. The Initiative’s comprehensive workshops engage and mentor participants in a myriad of interesting activities related to STEM fields. For success to occur, a “pipeline approach” is critical where students receive continuous learning, training, exposure, and hands on application from a young age through entry into the job/career market.  Reinforcement is encouraged in the home/community with attention to address barriers that might hinder success, such as household challenges and school difficulties.

USDA, through the Telecommunications Program, is developing an implementation plan for increasing rural access to education in STEM fields. USDA is working with other federal agencies to promote access to STEM across the country. The agency recognizes that STEM skills are becoming universally more important for all rural jobs and enterprises, particularly for the technology-oriented future of America’s work force and having greater participation in STEM education by students in rural communities will improve the country’s overall readiness for the economy of the future.

Join HUD’s Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development in an open forum on STEM opportunities in rural communities.

Speakers will include:

  • Jackie L. Williams, Ph.D., Moderator, Director, Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development, Office of Community Planning and Development, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Jerryl Bennett, HUD Liaison, Federal Interagency STEM Initiatives, Office of Public and Indian Housing, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Jamie Davenport, Team Lead, Partnerships, Rural Development Innovation Center
  • Robert Ehrlich, Special Projects Coordinator, USDA-Rural Development/Policy & Outreach Division/Telecommunications Program

Topics to be discussed

  • HUD’s STEM Innovation Networks Initiative
  • Public Housing Authorities serving rural communities
  • STEM Technology

Format of the call     

Please RSVP by email to rhed@hud.gov no later than close of business on Monday, March 26, 2018. Please include your name and organization.

Call-in instructions and additional materials will be emailed to participants on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. The 60-minute call will include presentations and a Q&A session.

If you have any questions, please call 1-877-RURAL-26 (1-877-787-2526).

         
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