Black History Program with Professors William and Aida Jackson

Black History Program with Professors William and Aida Jackson
Tuesday, February 23rd 2021
The link to our presentation is here:

Black History Month Program
Black History Month Program

Joe Slezak, Solar System Ambassador with NASA
at Appleton Public Library invites  William and
Aida Jackson to speak at the  Black History Month
program at Appleton Public Library in  Appleton,

Organized by library directors Emily Villanueva and
Katherine Hanle the program was to show the gains,
accomplishments and challenges of African Americans
in STEM, STEAM and STREAM. The Black History Month
program organized to educate and motivate students
of color and culture in the local school district to
become interested in STEM, STEAM and STREAM
education and share resources with teachers.
How there is a difference between each and how it
influences the diversity of student learning.

Seasoned educators, Joe, William and Aida provided
information specifically to Black, Brown and students
of color for students in the Appleton Area School District

Many times Black and Brown parents do not
understand what STEM, STEAM and STREAM
are so they do not know how to guide their children
in careers outside of sports and engineering.
Mr. Slezak guided the discussion by asking key
questions and sharing statistics that William and
Aida examined and how data and statistics affect
Black and Brown youth in their decisions to enter
into future careers.

STEM is not about making a youth into a geek,
nerd or Blerd (Black Nerd) there is something
for everyone. The career options are more than
the options for sports and entertainment. The career
success rate is even higher for long term employment.
It was shared that geeks, nerds and Blerds (Black Nerds)
rule the world and a growing number of girls and women
are taking the lead.

Aida (Afro-Latina), artist and published author clarified
the potential of STEM, STEAM and STREAM to the
audience and addressed the opportunties for Latinx,
Latino, Latina and Hispanic youth, teens and young adults.
NASA has a growing number of astronauts of Hispanic
culture. The diversity of Appleton, Missouri in its Hispanic
community can build more future scientists, engineers,
computer programmers with mentors, educators and
professionals that can lead and guide kids in schools.

Virtual Presenters

Virtual PresentersThe virtual discussion shared the influence of career
choices and opportunties to help youth, teens and
young adults grow in new directions for careers in
STEM, STEAM and STREAM. Black, Brown and Indigenous
youth need to understand that there are opportunties
outside of sports, games and entertainment waiting
for them. There are scholarships that allow them to
attend college, vocational and industrial education
schools so they can learn necessary skills for careers.
Professor Aida Jackson pointed out that in 10 to 15 years
the careers that are manual labor jobs will not be
available because of the advances of technology.

The brain is the key to success, sports and entertainment
can be a conduit of connected potential in great careers,
educational success, digital skill development and
continued growth will propel youth of color and culture
to grow beyond where they are. Youth must realize that
sports only last so long as the human body can take
the punishment.  Mental and thought growth are important
to build thought leadership skills to earn high paying jobs
that require 21st century technology skills.

Black history is more than sports and entertainment there
are many thought leaders, innovators, creatives and
influencers that are in STEM, STEAM and STREAM industries.
Looking at current NASA STEM, STEAM and STREAM careers
there is room for future Black, Brown and Indigenous youth.
More virtual workshops will be made available in the future
with projects that are online with the Appleton Library System.

Link to the presentation:

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Who We Are:

William Jackson –
Aida Correa-Jackson –

William Jackson and Aida Correa
Professors William and Aida Correa – Jackson