Join our Google+ Hangout on increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering & math disciplines. | Infographic by Sarah Gerrity.

This February, we’re celebrating Black History Month with a special Google+ Hangout on increasing diversity in STEM -- those disciplines focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.

Join us for a live discussion on STEM next Wednesday, February 27, at 2:30 pm ET. The conversation will be streamed on Google+, YouTube and

Here at the Energy Department, cultivating a thriving, diverse STEM workforce is a top priority -- critical to maintaining America’s global competitiveness. STEM positions are among the fastest-growing occupations in the U.S. And yet, while demand for STEM professionals increases, the skills gap among the largest ethnic and racial minorities continues to widen. During our Google+ Hangout we’ll discuss strategies for increasing the participation of African Americans, Latinos and other underrepresented groups in STEM careers.

Our live Google+ Hangout on STEM will be led by two experts in the field: Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, and Karina Edmonds, Director of the Technology Transfer Program. Also joining the discussion is Bryan Carter, medical student at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and a former Department of Energy National Science Bowl participant.

During the Hangout, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about some of the innovative ways we’re working to support the next generation of STEM leaders, share ideas on increasing STEM Education in communities that need it most and get information on the STEM-focused internships, fellowships and other opportunities offered at the Energy Department and other federal agencies.

To participate in the Hangout, send your questions now by:

We look forward to hearing from you!