We asked ourselves how we as a Hispanic community can build relationships across organizations and sectors to provide opportunities for our students to become STEM leaders. We questioned how we could reach students with Hispanic role models in the STEM fields. What would this collaboration look like?
[ via The Huffington Post ]
Echekki likens the problem to a pipeline “with many leaks diverting people of color – and under-represented groups in STEM, in general – from science and technologies fields.” Plugging those leaks will require “access to opportunities and resources for K-12, overcoming stereotypes of what STEM fields involve (and) misconceptions about the kinds of people who work in these fields,” providing incentives for students “to stay in STEM tracks in college and building resiliency in people who may find themselves isolated or labeled.”
[ via News and Observer ]
Technology is viewed as a masculine endeavor and women are not appreciated for being technical, Cohoon said. These stereotypes, reinforced by pop culture, affect how people think about themselves and their own capabilties, and in turn, create educational environments where white men are welcomed and everyone else, though technically allowed to participate, is excluded.
[ via Government Technology ]
one is biased, as research consistently proves. Yet more often than not, I hear people saying “I’m color blind” or “This place is a meritocracy,” when all modern reality would suggest it can’t be. Nate Silver recently shared research affirming that “those who say they don’t have a gender bias actually show a greater gender bias.” So maybe it’s more this: saying that you aren’t biased probably makes you more blind than color-blind. Because only when you acknowledge that you are blind to an issue, can you begin the process of seeing more clearly.
[ via Harvard Business Review ]
Perhaps the final piece in the STEM puzzle — in addition to exciting curriculum, great teachers and hands-on experiences — is ensuring that girls and minorities interested in STEM have a role model that “looks like them” who can give them advice. As an African-American female, it was vital that I had someone to turn to who would understand the opportunities and challenges ahead. From the time I decided to enter engineering, I have had mentors push me, guide me and ultimately, inspire me.
[ via The Baltimore Sun ]