Dr. Trina Fletcher
As a first-generation college graduate from a low-income family in the rural South, Dr. Fletcher has dedicated her career to fighting for marginalized groups through researching the intersection of
equity, education and economics.
SWE National Panel - Let's Talk: Allyship for Black Engineers and Technologists
Dr. Fletcher explains why this moment of social unrest is being felt on a larger scale than similar moments in past years.
National calls for more Black teachers are not new. Both Carnegie and Holmes reports of the 1980s called for more teachers of color and in 2011, former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, made a national call to increase the number of Black male teachers while visiting Morehouse College in Atlanta. Several power players responded. The Walton Family Foundation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation have all funded initiatives or organizations focused on increasing and supporting Black educators.
As a graduate of a Historically Black College and University (HBCU), Trina Fletcher is aware of the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on HBCUs and other minority-serving institutions (MSIs). Additionally, recent events of racial unrest in America have driven her focus on pursuing equity for underrepresented minorities in STEM even further.
“Intersectionality at minority-serving institutions (MSIs): A longitudinal analysis of female student participation within engineering and computing