Saturday, February 11, 2023 from 9 am – 5 pm
Colorado School of Mines
To increase the participation and retention of students from underrepresented groups in aerospace through networking, mentorship, and early access to college and career prep.
What is the Pathfinder Confernece?
The Pathfinder Conference is a one-day aerospace conference that will include a variety of activities designed to inform and inspire high school and community college students to pursue careers in aerospace.
Activities include, but are not limited to:
- Major-specific informational sessions
- Alternative careers to aerospace
- Panels with industry professionals
- Networking and speed mentoring with students and professionals
Stay tuned for more details and and view the updated schedule!
GOALS & OBJECTIVES
Increase the participation and retention of underrepresented groups in aerospace.
Foster communication between prospective aerospace students and industry professionals.
Build a community of like-minded students through shared experiences.
What is an underrepresented group?
According to the National Science Foundation, “women, persons with disabilities, and three racial and ethnic groups—blacks, Hispanics, and American Indians or Alaska Natives” are underrepresented in science and engineering.
Other groups in the United States that have been marginalized and are currently underrepresented may include but are not limited to:
- Other ethnicities
- Adult learners
- People with disabilities
- Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender individuals
- Different religious groups, and
- Different economic backgrounds
AM I REQUIRED TO BE IN AN UNDERREPRESENTED STUDENT GROUP TO PARTICIPATE?
No, all high-school and community college students in underrepresented groups and allies may participate at this time. An ally in this context is a person who does not fall within any of the aforementioned underrepresented groups, but seeks to create inclusive spaces for those who do.
Who can participate?
The event is open to high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and community college students.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST TO PARTICIPATE?
Thanks to our amazing sponsors, the event is free to all participating students. We only ask that you commit to being present and participating in the entire event.