Director, Center for Inclusive Competitiveness at Temple University
In our second episode of the Parallax podcast, we speak with Dr. Jamie Bracey-Green. An advocate for greater equity in S.T.E.M. fields, Dr. Bracey-Green is determined to improve the performance of underrepresented African American and Latinx students in local, national and global innovation economies.
As demographics continue to shift in the United States, Dr. Bracey-Green insists the nation’s innovation economy must become more inclusive to meet the needs of the 21st century. If the country fails to adapt, it will forfeit its status as a global leader.
To address this challenge, Dr. Bracey-Green launched the Center for Inclusive Competitiveness at Temple University. The CIC leverages resources within the university to place underrepresented students on pathways to success in the innovation workforce and in entrepreneurial careers—with a particular focus on urban health, economic vitality and environmental sustainability.
The program is also building a national network of institutions to confront this issue at a wider scale and to formulate an Inclusive Economic Competitiveness Index to measure the impact of STEM-related economic policy across various communities.
In addition to her applied research at the CIC, Dr. Bracey-Green is the president of Pennsylvania’s Math Education Science Achievement (MESA) program, and has served as a thought leader for the City of Philadelphia’s Digital Literacy Alliance, the Pennsylvania Department of Education's STEM Advisory Board, and the PA Computer Science for All initiative.
Dr. Bracey-Green has also worked as an advisor to the STEMbees Girls non-profit organization in Ghana and the KAD ICT Hub in Nigeria.
In our conversation, Dr. Bracey-Green discusses the personal experiences that motivated her towards advocacy work, how the CIC is working to achieve its goal, and the steps that Philadelphia can take to cultivate the local brilliance that she sees "hidden in plain sight."