David Jacome is an educator at SUNY Brockport, New York. He spoke to us about his work to diversify the STEM community by recruiting more female and minority students to pursue a career in physics.
Diversifying a field that has, for many years, been male dominated brings forth new opportunities to expand our knowledge of cultures and traditions that make us who we are. For centuries, our field has brought new discoveries like landing on the moon and constantly evolving curriculums. Woman aided in this endeavor and people from minority groups continue to shape the way we study physics.
Today, we have many challenges that get in the way of scientific pursuits. These can come from political interference and institutional changes. For years people faced racial injustices, leaving them scared to continue their research in fear that it wouldn’t be accepted by society. We live in a different time now where everyone should be recognized for the contributions they have made in their education, training and experience.
I’ve been fortunate to be supported by amazing teachers, family and university colleagues that have a passion to inspire others. These role models have motivated me to go beyond my limitations and truly connect with my students in the classroom. My goal is to bring everyone together no matter who they are to solve the greatest challenges we face as a society today. We need to accept people for who they are because everyone is different, and they bring a uniqueness that allows for discoveries to be made.
Q: What kind of mindset do you need to achieve the Next Great Impossible?
A: Motivate your students by showing them that physics is everywhere they look and come up with ideas together.
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