Lamont A. Flowers, executive director of the Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education, led a presentation at the 2014 National Historically Black Colleges and Universities Week Conference, sponsored by the White House Initiative on HBCUs, in Washington, D.C., September 22-23.

His session, “Advancing Educational Outcomes in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics at Historically Black Colleges and Universities,” highlighted science, technology, engineering and mathematics educational research being conducted at HBCUs.

“Increasing the representation of African-Americans in STEM fields has the potential to improve our country’s technological and fiscal infrastructure,” said Flowers, who holds a master’s degree in industrial statistics from the University of South Carolina. “Thus, the purpose of my scholarly agenda regarding these issues was to provide information that can be utilized to help students successfully pursue STEM degrees as well as understand the interrelationships among scientific and social concepts in order to stimulate the American economy.”

Related to his research on HBCUs and the African-American experience in education, Flowers has also accepted an invitation to serve on the United Negro College Funds’ Research Advisory Council. He will be working in conjunction with the Frederick D. Patterson Research Institute.

UNCF is the nation’s largest and most effective minority education organization. Since its founding in 1944, UNCF has raised more than $3.6 billion to help more than 400,000 students receive college degrees at UNCF-member institutions and with UNCF scholarships.

– Story by Danielle Shuff, MAPC ’16