August 2019 E-Newsletter

Message from Dr. Reagan Flowers

Distance and Location Take a Toll

Many students dream of going to college far away, but the reality is that most seek higher education close to home. As referenced in the article “The Education Deserts of Rural America”, nearly 40 percent of college freshmen attend a school less than 50 miles from home.

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Distance and Location Take a Toll by Dr. Flowers

This Month’s Highlights

C-STEM Interns Return to School

As our summer interns head back to their studies, we wanted to take a minute to thank them for dedicating their time and talents to C-STEM this summer. We look forward to seeing what these passionate young people achieve in the future, and we are proud and grateful to be a chapter in each of their stories of success.

the Williams2020 STEMing the Tide Awardees Announced

C-STEM will honor Terry and Joycelyn Williams with the STEMing the Tide Award at the 2020 Stakeholder breakfast. Dr. Kelly Coleman will also be honored at the event, receiving the C-STEM Ambassador Award.

Joycelyn is Co-Founder of Williams6 Enterprise, where she is responsible for millions of dollars in revenue through the purchase and sale of real estate. She has extensive business leadership experience and is a strong advocate for women and youth. Joycelyn is also part owner of Presidential Cigars and 5Central, founder of Lover’s Night Valentine’s Dinner and a consultant with EME Consultants. She has co-chaired the Houston United Negro College Fund GALA, raising record donations of more than 560 thousand dollars.

Terry serves as Regional Vice President for HEB and has consistently been known for growing profits and sales in stores with substantial income losses. He served as the President & Chairman of the board for the United Negro College Fund (South Texas) for four years, and was instrumental in seeing the Houston Branch and Beaumont Branch raise over $2.5 million toward scholarships. Terry has served as President of Sam Houston State University Alumni Board and has served on many other boards, including End Hunger and HEB United Way. He has received the David Ashworth Humanity Award and was named a Top 50 Black Professional. Terry is currently serving as President & Chairman of the board for Aldine ISD Foundation board.

The couple has four children together.

Start Planning for 2020 Challenge Day

For many, the school year is now in full swing, and it’s time to start thinking about 2020 Challenge Day. Here’s how you can get involved:


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





Sponsorship Spotlight

Myrtle Consulting Group

With great gratitude, C-STEM welcomes Myrtle Consulting Group, who recently made a generous donation to sponsor a scholarship. Myrtle is a leading firm delivering sustainable operational transformations to global manufacturing, processing, and distribution companies. The company is dedicated to philanthropic outreach, partnering with organizations that help shape the future. Read their full press release here.

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