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COE Helps Establish SECME Affiliation

secmeGeorgia Southern University is now a member of the Southeastern Consortium for Minorities in Education (SECME) to help develop partnerships with local K-12 schools to improve science, technology, engineering and mathematics education for under-represented students.

“Our goal is to provide institutional support for local schools and interested students and work with them on national projects through SECME,” said Dr. Alejandro Gallard, Goizueta Distinguished Chair of Education. Gallard and Associate Dean for Graduate Education and Research Dr. Tracy Linderholm, joined with the College of Engineering and Information Technology and the College of Science and Mathematics to submit an application to become a SECME member institution. Dr. David Williams, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering, CEIT, is the liaison between Georgia Southern and SECME. COE’s Gallard will coordinate diversity activities.

SECME is a national strategic alliance created to help more underrepresented and under-served students prepare to enter and complete post-secondary studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), which in turn will create a more diverse and globally competitive workforce. SECME offers continuing education for K-12 STEM teachers, projects and competitions for students and networking opportunities and venues for affiliates to share STEM strategies.

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