July 2019 E-Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

Looking at the Whole Picture

Continually improving our schools is necessary and highly impactful; however, it doesn’t tell the whole story.  As referenced in the article, Better Schools Won’t Fix America, school inequality is based on much bigger issues and takes a closer look at why schools in some neighborhoods have more impressive resources and technology than others.

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This Month’s Highlights

C-STEM Alum Gives Back Globally

We are incredibly proud to share this update from C-STEM alum Abraham A-Kettor, who has taken his skills and knowledge and paid it forward on a larger level. He recently shared the following update:

It is estimated that more than 20 million children are without shoes in sub-Saharan Africa; this exposes them to numerous hazards, including a multitude of injuries and illnesses. Furthermore, a barefooted child can often have difficulty attending and participating in school.

To help address this problem, for the past nine days, I have worked with a local school in Liberia called St. Paul’s Academy (Daycare). Through close collaboration with the school, I was able to purchase appropriate school shoes for 100 students. Additionally, copybooks and pens were given to more than 100 students (half a dozen per student). It indeed was a blessing to help over 200 students! I am immensely grateful to be a part of this unique school project.

I want to thank the students and staff, especially Augustine Nugba (Brother Onana), at St. Paul’s Academy school for working with me to make this project a great success. A special THANKS to Hood College and committee members, Lisa Littlefield, of the Volpe Scholar Fund for providing funding for the project. It would not have been possible without your help.

Abraham is shining example of the C-STEM mission: identifying inequality and providing access to give students the best opportunity for success. Please join us in applauding him for his selflessness and proactiveness.





Get Inspired with C-STEM Interns

This month, we touched base with our 2019 C-STEM interns to see what they’ve learned so far and the impact this internship is having on their lives. We’ll let them tell you in their own words:

“You can do anything with effort, research and drive. I have zero experience in documentation, but I have already created useful documents that will benefit C-STEM in the long run.” — Steven Nguyen

“This is my first business career experience. I get to see firsthand how much thought goes into each aspect of C-STEM. The experience of working with a non-profit,and updating policies and processes will be beneficial to my future career in Human Resources.” — Cameron Turner

“It’s not always necessary to create something new. Sometimes, it’s more important to come up with new ways to do things that have already been created.” — Sydney LeFlore Murphy

“Asking questions and communicating is important because it allows you to become a more efficient employee and improves your people skills.” — Jamiel Williams

We’re proud to celebrate these bright young stars! In addition, please welcome Carol Ortiz, who stepped in as Brittany Royston was called to other opportunities.


Your Chance to be a STEM Education Leader

We recently launched the C-STEM Keys program. Watch this video to learn about what it’s like to take the reigns and position your school or district to become the face of opportunity for students in your area.

2020 Stakeholder Breakfast Honoree

C-STEM is proud to officially announce the recipients of the 2020 C-STEM Stakeholder Breakfast awards. During the breakfast next April, we will honor Dr. Kelly Coleman, MD with the C-STEM Ambassador Award. Stay tuned as we announce the STEMing the Tide Award. Please watch upcoming issues of the C-STEM newsletter for more information.


Upcoming Events


C-STEM Holiday Social 2019

From 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm

At Ogun Art + Wine

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2020 Stakeholder Breakfast

Save The Date!

From 7:30 am until 9:00 am

At The Junior League of Houston

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See all upcoming events here

Community Spotlight





Volunteer Spotlight

Karl Jackson

A huge thank you to Karl Jackson for volunteering his time and expertise. This summer, he is providing coding expertise, guidance, input, and support to our Computer Programming Intern, Anshuman.

Executive Board


Advisory Board

Michael Aldridge
Shomari Williams
Joi Beasley
Zawadi Bryant
Bobby Bryant
Lucy Bremond
Antonio ‘Tony’ Canales
LaQuita Cyprian
Laolu Davies Yemitan
Gayle Fallon
Ruthie Esene
Michael Harris
Renee Logans
David Medina
Antoinette Jackson
Scott Minnix
Dr. Sandra Saldana Ortega
Susan Taylor
Dr. Frazier Wilson
Syalisa Winata
Ross Peters
Dr. Robert Satcher
Charles Samuel
Miloni Shah

We are C-STEM!


STEM Access Champion of Change by The White House

WISE Award Finalist