Science team lead Vanessa Westbrook interviewed in article on increasing diversity in STEM fields

Posted on February 3, 2011

Strengthening mathematics and science education and advocating for equity in education are guiding principles of the Dana Center’s work.

Dana Center science team lead Vanessa Westbrook embodies these two principles through her work to strengthen science education in Texas and across the nation and in her role as chair of the multicultural and equity issues committee of the National Science Teachers Association.

One challenge of this work is increasing the participation of women and minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields. As a science teacher, Westbrook developed a number of programs to get parents involved in their children’s science education, as a way of making science a part of children's everyday lives.

Westbrook is interviewed in the article “Planting Seeds, Growing Diversity,” which explores innovative techniques that educators across the country are using to engage students from diverse backgrounds in STEM subjects. The article, by Vanessa Hua, appears in the Spring 2011 issue of Teaching Tolerance magazine.