Panel discussion will tackle diversity in STEM careers, guide for parents


New York, February 19, 2015: On Tuesday, February 24, 2015, during a 9:00 a.m. reception and 10:00 a.m. panel  discussion, STEM careers will be the topic on the lips of guests at the Elebash Recital Hall at The Graduate Center, located at 365 Fifth Avenue, 34th Street and 5th Ave.

The panel discussion is being hosted by the New York Urban League to commemorate the release of the Parent’s Guide to STEM. The discussion with expert panelists will feature opportunities for the audience to join the conversation to discuss how the corporate and public sector can prepare students for careers in a new economy.


The panel will be moderated by Ben Chapman, education reporter of the  New York Daily News. Panelists and speakers include Bill Holiber, president and CEO of the  Daily News and NYUL Board Chairman; Commissioner Bill Chong of the Department of Youth and Community Development’ Arva Rice, president and CEO of the New York Urban League; Jay Hershenson, senior vice president of CUNY; Jim Gordon, group VP of corporate brand and reputation for Time Warner Cable; Kathryn Wylde, president and CEO for Partnership for NYC and Kimberley Downer who is a parent of NYUL’s NEXT Academy students.


The goal of the Parent’s Guide to STEM is to help dispel common myths, connects STEM to everyday life, and provide a pathway for exploration of these fields. The target audience for this guide is caregivers with middle or high school students, who are not yet familiar with the growing career fields influenced by STEM.

The guide was published by the New York Urban League in partnership with The Daily News, US News & World Report, The City University of New York, the NYC Department of Education, the NYC Department of Youth & Community Development. It was made possible with the support of Time Warner Cable, Henry Luce Foundation, Google/Tide Foundation, News Corp, L’Oreal USA and NYC Council Member Inez E. Dickens.

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