ASTRA Affiliated Programs

The Present & Future Enriched by a Diverse Energy Workforce: Reflections from the 2016 Minorities in Energy III Annual Forum

February 08, 2017

Congressmen - Engineers - Scientists, - Rappers,  - NBA Stars-Entrepreneurs. Those were just a few of the Energy Champions and Ambassadors convened and honored on December 2016 Minorities in Energy Year III Forum by the United States Department of Energy. While their own backgrounds were quite diverse, the influential attendees shared a common conviction, the importance of diversifying the field of Energy, and a common passion, to serve as advocates of that diversity in the Energy Ecosystem.

Inspiring Diversity and Evolving an Innovation Nation at the 2016 Minorities in Energy III Annual Forum

February 08, 2017

What do a Hip Hop Artist, a NBA player, a University President, and a Congressman have in common? STEM of course! Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics–STEM is the fuel that drives U.S. competitiveness by inspiring innovation and fostering creativity. It also holds the key to our country’s future economic prosperity.

A STEM-fluential Celebration of the 2016 Minorities in Energy III Annual Forum: A Parent's Perspective

February 07, 2017

Since 2013, I have dutifully assisted with STEM Education and career initiatives in underserved communities through organizations such as THE HUD STEM Innovation Network led by Mr. Jerryl Bennett and 360 Cradle to Careers, led by Mrs. Faith Linton, even at times working in collaboration with the United States Military Academy. Collectively, these organizations have provided STEM-themed educational and leadership opportunities to hundreds of students across the country, including those in my hometown of Hampton, Virginia.

A STEM-fluential Celebration of 2016 Minorities in Energy Annual III Forum: Personal Confessions of Taylore Livingston, A Global NetGeneration of Youth Cyberjournalist

February 06, 2017

My sister, Tenderly Diaz, gets a lot of opportunities as a STEM Champion working with the HUD STEM Innovation Network, such as travelling from our home in Hampton, Virginia to our state capitol, Richmond, or to Indiana or Georgia. Because I would like to travel and meet new people, I decided to follow in her footsteps.

ASTRA's Futurist Dr. Ronnie Lowenstein Joins Shades of Blue Captain Willie Daniels to Honor the STEM Education Legacy of (Former) NASA Administrator and Astronaut, Major-General Charlie F. Bolden

January 26, 2017

On Friday January 13, 2017, as ASTRA's Futurist, I traveled to NASA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to join Shades of Blue Founder and CEO, Captain Willie Daniels, and a Shades of Blue Chapter Board Member from DCMD, Mr. Marvin Richardson, to honor the STEM Education Legacy of the 12th NASA Administrator and former Astronaut (ret), Major-General Charles F. Bolden, with A Shades of Blue Community Outreach Award and a Shades of Blue Astronaut Reunion Commemorative Patch. It was a wonderful gathering of leaders who each possesses a deep commitment to cultivating America’s Innovation Capacity on Earth and in Space.

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