Men of Color in STEM

Support group for men of color in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Modeled after basketball superstar Lebron James’ HBO show “The Shop”, the group operates like a neighborhood barbershop and provides men of color in STEM a safe space to discuss issues that are important to them. The barbershop has always provided a safe haven for cultural chats in the Black and Latinx communities. These “male-only” spaces are important to men of all backgrounds and have special significance in communities of color. Male students are encouraged to discuss their strengths, including resilience, determination, and the ability to persevere in challenging situations. Psychology literature has stressed the importance of encouraging young men to demonstrate their passion for science and having opportunities to reflect on their experiences. The group is intended to build a supportive climate that helps students learn to trust faculty, staff, and students and openly discuss the challenges they face.