Summit to Promote Diversity in STEM Fields

Coral Gables (July 19, 2012) — The Florida Diversity Council’s Inaugural STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Youth Diversity Summit is to be held in Miami on Wednesday, July 25 from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Clinical Research Building, 1120 NW 14th Street. High school and college students from across the United States will gather to learn more about the value of diversity and inclusion in these fields.

The STEM Youth Diversity Summit strives to create a forum for students from diverse backgrounds to gain a better understanding about career opportunities in STEM and the importance of diversity in these fields.

The event will comprise two workshops – one for high school students and another for college students. Vivechkanand Chunoo, academic and career adviser at the University of Miami, will speak to high school students about “Curriculum Preparation for College: What to take in high school to prepare for majors in STEM.” Christian Garcia, executive director of UM’s Toppel Career Center, will serve as the college workshop speaker and will discuss “Paid/Non-Paid Internships: How to Enhance Your Resume to Pursue a Career in STEM.”

The STEM Youth Diversity Summit will conclude with an executive panel that focuses on “Careers in the STEM Field.” Panelists will include Rueben Stokes, group director of diversity and inclusion at Ryder System, Inc.; Pat Smith, CIO of Our Kids; and Brenda Westhorp, president of Westhorp & Associates.

The Inaugural STEM Youth Diversity Summit is sponsored by the University of Miami and the Florida Diversity Council’s corporate partners. The event chair is Nanette Vega, director for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs, Miller School of Medicine.

About the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine

The University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine was founded in 1952 as the first medical school in Florida and is acclaimed nationally and internationally for research, patient care, education, and community service in the United States, South America, and the Caribbean. Serving more than five million people as the only academic medical center in South Florida, the Miller School of Medicine and UHealth-University of Miami Health System have earned international acclaim for patient care and research innovations. The Miller School ranks in the top third among U.S. medical schools in terms of research funding awarded. For more information, visit

About The Florida Diversity Council

The Florida Diversity Council (FLDC) is a nonprofit organization that helps groups and individuals expand their knowledge about diversity and inclusion in today’s global society. The FLDC is committed to developing leaders who are educated in and aware of all aspects of diversity and inclusion, as well as supporting the development of leaders from diverse communities within all industries. The Florida Diversity Council is part of the larger National Diversity Council.

More information about the Florida Diversity Council can be found at

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