Uzuri Think Tank: Robert Morris University Uzuri Think Tank | Robert Morris University

Uzuri Think Tank

Uzuri Think Tank -
Hosts First National Symposium


Workforce diversity is a crucial component to maintaining global economic competitiveness in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics professions. Revolutionary ideas are required and the need for Corporate and Academic entities partnering to address these issues have never been more pressing. 

Robert Morris University and the Heinz Endowments invite you to participate in Strength in Numbers: Diversifying the STEM workforce hosted at the
Fairmont Hotel in Pittsburgh, PA April 8-10, 2015.

This National symposium promises to be an exceptional opportunity to:

  • Confront current issues around diversity in STEM
  • Discuss and debate in small groups where your experience and expertise will be used in fresh and innovative ways
  • Network with Coporate and Academic partners
Be empowered and inspired by our Keynote Speaker Dr. Freeman A. Hrabowski III with his transformative approach to STEM diversity. His 4 pillar approach to education is helping to reshape the academic landscape.

To learn more about Dr. Hrabowski you can click on his Biography, TED talk, or 60 Minutes interview. 


Corporate and academic partners will focus on what works to increase numbers of African American male and other under represented minority (URM) scientific and technical talent: Reframing how we do business. The gathering will offer working sessions and expert panels to elicit intellectual thought, discussion, and ideas that can be implemented to serve and improve the experiences of black males and URM in STEM disciplines.  The event will provide a space to exchange ideas and views regarding what works and how to foster change to secure academic success of these populations. Participants are encouraged to discuss the wide range of issues that arise across the educational pipeline (e.g., university and PK-12) as well as share ideas and innovative practices in different disciplinary fields that shape the experiences of African American male and URM students today.

The theme is "Focusing on what works to increase numbers of African American male scientific and technical talent: Reframing how we do business.”  Led by facilitators and expert panelists, participants will engage workshops that focus on:

  1. Improving African American male and under represented minority students’ achievement in STEM fields
  2. Narrowing African American male and under represented minority student achievement gaps in STEM fields
  3. Increasing African American male and under represented minority students pursuit of STEM fields
  4. Developing action plans for future collaboration and initiatives to enhance the experience of African American male and under represented minority students as well as securing future employment.

The format for the conference is unique in that it offers opportunity for participants to work in groups and address themes yielding innovative strategies that foster increasing the number of African American males in STEM.  Once participants have had opportunity to work in small groups they will work in plenary sessions as a cohort with expert panel or keynote speakers to further explore these themes.

Location and accommodations

The Fairmont Hotel will provide hotel accommodations for the symposium. Participants are offered a conference rate through March 10, 2015 of $219.00 per room per night. Reservations can be obtained by calling the Fairmont at 412-773-8800 or 866-940-4073 and requesting the conference rate or using the website link below.