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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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Meeting Regional
STEMM Workforce Needs
in the Wake of COVID-19

PROCEEDINGS OF A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES

Lida Beninson and Joe Alper, Rapporteurs

Board on Higher Education and Workforce

Policy and Global Affairs

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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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Suggested citation: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. https://doi.org/10.17226/26049.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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COMMITTEE ON MEETING REGIONAL STEMM WORKFORCE NEEDS IN THE WAKE OF COVID-19: A VIRTUAL WORKSHOP SERIES1

JEFF BINGAMAN (Chair), Former U.S. Senator for New Mexico

STUART ANDREASON, Director, Center for Workforce and Economic Opportunity, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta

JOSH CARPENTER, Director, Economic Development, City of Birmingham, Alabama

KAREN ELZEY, Associate Executive Director, Workcred

AL FITZPAYNE, Executive Director, Future of Work Initiative, Aspen Institute

MARIA FLYNN, President and Chief Executive Officer, Jobs for the Future

VAN FREEMAN, Director, Future Workforce Development and Strategy, Aerospace Industries Association

DONNA GINTHER, Roy A. Roberts Distinguished Professor of Economics and Director for the Institute for Policy and Social Research, University of Kansas

RACHEL LIPSON, Director, Project on Workforce, Harvard University

ELOY ORTIZ OAKLEY, Chancellor, California Community Colleges

LEE WELLINGTON, Executive Director, Urban Manufacturing Alliance

Project Staff

TOM RUDIN, Senior Board Director (until December 2020)

LIDA BENINSON, Senior Program Officer

INEZ ADAMS, Senior Program Assistant (until November 2020)

SELAM ARAIA, Senior Program Assistant

FRED LESTINA, Research Associate (until September 2020)

Consultant

JOE ALPER, Consulting Writer

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1 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s planning committees are solely responsible for organizing the workshop, identifying topics, and choosing speakers. The responsibility for the published Proceedings of a Workshop rests with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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BOARD ON HIGHER EDUCATION AND WORKFORCE1

KUMBLE R. SUBBASWAMY (Chair), University of Massachusetts, Amherst

ANGELA BYARS-WINSTON, University of Wisconsin-Madison

JAIME CURTIS-FISK, The Dow Chemical Company

MARIELENA DESANCTIS, Broward College

APRILLE J. ERICSSON, National Aeronautics and Space Administration Goddard Space Flight Center

JOAN FERRINI-MUNDY, University of Maine

GABRIELA GONZALEZ (NAS), Louisiana State University

TASHA R. INNISS, Spelman College

SALLY K. MASON, University of Iowa

DOUGLAS S. MASSEY (NAS), Princeton University

RICHARD K. MILLER (NAE), Olin College of Engineering

PATRICIA SILVEYRA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

KATE STOLL, Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Washington Office

MEGHNA TARE, University of Texas

MARY WOOLLEY (NAM), Research! America

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1 The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s boards, forums, and roundtables do not issue, review, or approve individual documents. The responsibility for the published proceedings of a virtual workshop series rests with the workshop rapporteurs and the institution.

Suggested Citation:"Front Matter." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2021. Meeting Regional STEMM Workforce Needs in the Wake of COVID-19: Proceedings of a Virtual Workshop Series. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/26049.
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Board on Higher Education and Workforce Staff

LEIGH MILES JACKSON, Acting Director

THOMAS RUDIN, Director (until November 2020)

AUSTEN APPLEGATE, Research Associate

ARIELLE BAKER, Associate Program Officer

ASHLEY BEAR, Senior Program Officer

LIDA BENINSON, Senior Program Officer

FRAZIER BENYA, Senior Program Officer

IMANI BRAXTON-ALLEN, Senior Program Assistant (until April 2021)

MARIA LUND DAHLBERG, Senior Program Officer

ALEX HELMAN, Program Officer

REBEKAH HUTTON, Program Officer

PRIYANKA NALAMADA, Associate Program Officer

LAYNE A. SCHERER, Senior Program Officer

JOHN VERAS, Senior Program Assistant

MARQUITA WHITING, Senior Program Assistant

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Acknowledgment of Reviewers

This proceedings of a virtual workshop series was reviewed in draft form by individuals chosen for their diverse perspectives and technical expertise. The purpose of this independent review is to provide candid and critical comments that will assist the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in making each published proceedings as sound as possible and to ensure that it meets the institutional standards for quality, objectivity, evidence, and responsiveness to the charge. The review comments and draft manuscript remain confidential to protect the integrity of the process.

We thank the following individuals for their review of this proceedings: LaChaun Banks, Harvard University; Maria Cormier, Columbia University; Anna Duran, Avatar Research Institute; and Alexandra Beatty, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

Although the reviewers listed above provided many constructive comments and suggestions, they were not asked to endorse the content of the proceedings nor did they see the final draft before its release. The review of this proceedings was overseen by George Boggs, Palomar College. He was responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this proceedings was carried out in accordance with standards of the National Academies and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content rests entirely with the rapporteurs and the National Academies.

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Acknowledgments

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce thanks the Lumina Foundation for its support of this workshop series and wishes to express its sincere gratitude to the planning committee chair Jeff Bingaman for his valuable contribution to the development and orchestration of this virtual workshop series. We also wish to thank all the members of the planning committee, who collaborated to ensure a workshop complete with informative presentations and rich discussions. Finally, we want to thank the speakers and moderators, who generously shared their expertise and their time with workshop participants.

Support from the many annual sponsors of the Board of Higher Education and Workforce is critical to the board’s work. The sponsors include the Department of Health and Human Services, National Endowment for the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Institute for Education Sciences, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Fund, Elsevier Corporation, Helmsley Charitable Trust, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Lumina Foundation, National Math and Science Initiative, and Spencer Foundation.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is transforming the global economy and significantly shifting workforce demand, requiring quick, adaptive responses. The pandemic has revealed the vulnerabilities of many organizations and regional economies, and it has accelerated trends that could lead to significant improvements in productivity, performance, and resilience, which will enable organizations and regions to thrive in the "next normal." To explore how communities around the United States are addressing workforce issues laid bare by the COVID-19 pandemic and how they are taking advantage of local opportunities to expand their science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) workforces to position them for success going forward, the Board of Higher Education and Workforce of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a series of workshops to identify immediate and near-term regional STEMM workforce needs in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The workshop planning committee identified five U.S. cities and their associated metropolitan areas - Birmingham, Alabama; Boston, Massachusetts; Richmond, Virginia; Riverside, California; and Wichita, Kansas - to host workshops highlighting promising practices that communities can use to respond urgently and appropriately to their STEMM workforce needs. A sixth workshop discussed how the lessons learned during the five region-focused workshops could be applied in other communities to meet STEMM workforce needs.

This proceedings of a virtual workshop series summarizes the presentations and discussions from the six public workshops that made up the virtual workshop series and highlights the key points raised during the presentations, moderated panel discussions and deliberations, and open discussions among the workshop participants.

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