ASU launched the new Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology (CGEST) Monday, Jan. 11, on the Tempe campus.
The center will serve as a central hub — the first and only one of its kind — for the facilitation of research, building of programs and advocacy specific to African American, Latina, Asian American and Native American women in their pursuits in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
The launch of the center comes on the heels of the White House’s announcement in September 2015 that ASU will lead the National STEM Collaborative, a consortium of 19 institutions of higher education and nonprofit partners committed to supporting minority girls and women in STEM fields.
Kimberly A. Scott, associate professor in ASU’s School of Social Transformation, will serve as executive director of the center. Scott says the center’s goal is to “make a systemic impact on issues of disparity that are affecting our society as a whole.”