AAS 201st Meeting, January, 2003
Session 36. Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy
Special, Monday, January 6, 2003, 2:00-3:30pm, 618-619

## [36.01] The Role of Minority Serving Institutions and REU Programs for Enhancing Diversity in Astronomy

K. G. Stassun (Committee on the Status of Minorities in Astronomy)

In this Special Session we will highlight the important role of Minority Serving Institutions in preparing future minority astronomers. Minority Serving Institutions include Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs), Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs), and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). We will also stress the role that REU (Research Experiences for Undergraduates) programs can have in enhancing diversity in astronomy.

The session will feature a panel of invited speakers from Minority Serving Institutions and REU programs who will present viewpoints, strategies, and discussion on processes that encourage and mentor individuals who elect to pursue science-related careers including astronomy and astrophysics.

Specific objectives for the Session include:

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\item Report to the AAS membership on the important role played by Minority Serving Institutions, where these institutions are, the populations they serve;

\item Introduce the AAS membership to representatives from various Minority Serving Institutions, including an HBCU, an HSI, a TCU, and a community college, and to representatives from REU programs;

\item Provide an opportunity for representatives from these institutions to describe their role in preparing minority undergraduates in the sciences, how their programs bridge to PhD-granting programs in astronomy, and ways they suggest for the AAS to help enhance these bridges;

\item Provide an opportunity for AAS members to dialogue with these representatives, hopefully resulting in specific action items" that will serve to strengthen partnerships with Minority Serving Institutions.

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