Building the STEM economy: Lessons from Massachusetts

Building the STEM economy: Lessons from Massachusetts

Instead of moaning the loss of manufacturing jobs, people from politics to the private sector must focus on creating a strong STEM economy. Technology improves productivity. According to a Ball State University study, of the 5.6 million manufacturing jobs lost

U.S. Data about Women in STEM

U.S. Data about Women in STEM

Advancements in science and technology generate more jobs in STEM fields every day. But what about women in STEM? First, let’s look at STEM fields in general. According to a 2011 U.S. Department of Commerce research report, STEM occupations are projected

Knowledge Without Borders Study Abroad Scholarships

Knowledge Without Borders Study Abroad Scholarships

Knowledge Without Borders™ recently selected first-generation college students participating in the Minnesota SPAN (Student Project for Amity among Nations) Association as recepients of the Knowledge Without Borders™ Study Abroad Scholarship. SPAN is a study abroad association that has been sending

Immigrants, Women, and STEM

Immigrants, Women, and STEM

Immigrants play an increasingly important role in global STEM education and employment. The United States, followed by the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia, is the number one destination of global STEM talent. Most immigrants coming to the United States are

What first-generation college students can teach us in 2017

What first-generation college students can teach us in 2017

In the weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration of Donald Trump on January 20, 2017, the United States remains divided. Citizens reside in discrete ideological silos, rarely talking with each other. The lack of conversation can be particularly acute

Lifelong learning: Nostalgia in the World Today

Lifelong learning: Nostalgia in the World Today

Lifelong learning about the world began with my study abroad experiences in Prague and Moscow as a college student. Ever since those defining moments so many years ago, I relish any opportunity to travel and immerse myself in world cultures.

Middle Class Joe and Empathy

Middle Class Joe and Empathy

In his speech at the Democratic Convention in July 2016, Vice President Joe Biden explained why he is called “Middle Class Joe” in Washington, DC. He said “It means you’re not sophisticated.” Not sophisticated in the opinion of some perhaps, but

Scholarship of belonging

Scholarship of belonging

The blogs you read on the Knowledge Without Borders website on diversity, including those about first-generation and low-income students, are often about cultivating a sense of belonging. Too many low-income students from diverse social, ethnic, and racial backgrounds feel like

Social tribes

Social tribes

While reading Sebastian Junger’s recent book, Tribe, I could not help but think about first generation college students and the boost of belonging to social tribes. A New York Times book review encapsulates Junger’s argument: Modern civilization may be swell, giving us

Life changing experience

Life changing experience

How do you explain a life changing experience in a far away country with family members who have never left the community in which they were born? And how do you even get to that far away country when your