Rob Schwartz Participant in Clinton Global Initiative

San Francisco, June 28, 2011 – Level Playing Field Institute’s Executive Director Robert Schwartz will bring his expertise to Chicago this week for the Clinton Global Initiative’s first meeting dedicated solely to U.S. issues, CGI America.  Dr. Schwartz will be a participant in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Education Working Group.

LPFI’s focus as a CGI America participant is to ensure the inclusion of students of color in the critical outcomes of this meeting—Commitments to Action, which are concrete plans that directly effect change.  

“As our nation becomes more heavily dependent on STEM fields for our prosperity, students of color must have the opportunity to compete for the fastest growing and highest paying jobs in our country - all which require a STEM degree,” said Dr. Schwartz.

LPFI has been working to close the opportunity gap in STEM education for nearly a decade.  It will bring its wealth of knowledge and experience as a thought leader on STEM education and racial equity to Chicago, along with its plan for wide distribution of its proven STEM curriculum that helps to level the playing field for underrepresented students of color.

LPFI’s STEM curriculum was developed out of its flagship program, the Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH), a highly integrated STEM acceleration program for high-potential, low-income high school students of color from under-resourced schools. Plans for wide distribution of this curriculum to students of color and underperforming schools nationwide are underway, as is expansion of the SMASH Academy.

Rob will be live-tweeting from CGI America.  Follow him @rschwartz418

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