Most undergraduates do not know what professional AAPOR members do and are likely unaware that AAPOR exists. Thus, strategic outreach to undergraduates, particularly minority undergraduates, is needed to increase the long-term participation of minorities in AAPOR-related fields. One way to do this is to have a traveling annual conference that deliberately targets students who are underrepresented minorities and expose them to graduate school and careers in AAPOR-related fields. The American Statistical Association does this through a program called StatFest, a one-day conference for underrepresented minority undergraduate students to careers/graduate work in statistics. StatFest moves around the country to target students in different geographic locations and is free to the attendees (they have to pay for their own travel, although small stipends are available to help offset costs).
- Short term actions:
- Explore a partnership with ASA for an upcoming StatFest
- Medium term actions:
- Develop plans for our own “SurveyFest” (a one day conference for underrepresented minority undergraduate students to careers/graduate work in survey and public opinion research) conducted in partnership with SACNAS or some other minority advocacy association that promotes STEM careers for minorities.
- Long term actions:
- Implement “SurveyFest” (a one day conference for underrepresented minority undergraduate students to pursue careers/graduate work in survey and public opinion research) in partnership with an appropriate group as discussed above.