Lack of Diversity In STEM is Dangerous For Our Students

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 ]

Efforts made to steer women, minorities to science careers

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.”

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Dr. Luisa Whittaker-Brooks Discusses Her L’Oreal Research Fellowship and Latinas in STEM

Dr. Whittaker-Brooks won the fellowship for her post-doctoral research at Princeton University, where she focuses on renewable energy sources, such as solar energy. She hopes that by concentrating on recyclable energy, she can create products that enable all of us to personally capture, store, and release energy that is created from our daily movement, our body heat, or the sun!

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Putting The Spotlight On Blacks In Tech

Guess what. We’re not going to see that development in that African-American Steve Jobs if he’s not being mentored. You know, Steve Jobs was mentored by a lot of amazing people including one of the CEO’s of Intel and all sorts of other people. And what they do is they get in there, they work with you, they help you through these challenges and they share the network, they sponsor you and they support you. That’s what we have to have.

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National Movement Targets Lack of Women, Minorities in Computing

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 ]

Black Girls Code Tackles Tech Inclusion

Hispanic and African American women are the fastest growing entrepreneurial segments in the country, according to a report by the Center for Women’s Business Research. They currently make up more than two million of roughly eight million women-owned businesses in the U.S. Yet the tech outlook is bleak: Women made up a quarter of the computing workforce in 2012, and African American women held just 3% of all tech jobs.

[ via Forbes ]

Is Bias Fixable?

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 ]

Digitalundivided ups the dialogue on getting more black people into tech

“The only faces you see, the only people you cover in campaigns and in the media, are young white guys. If you were a young black woman or a young Latino woman and you wanted to get involved in tech and you don’t see anyone who looks like you, it’s hard to take that chance.”

“In order to change the face, you literally need to change the face.”

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Making STEM cool for women and minorities

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 ]

SwivetZone YouTube series promotes STEM for minorities, women

Swivet especially stands out in having a cast of characters made up of people of color and women — both groups who are an uncommon sight in the white, male-dominated worlds of science and technology. The protagonist is a young black girl named Diamond who has an “edietic” memory who is beginning to “realize the power of her intelligence and abilities.”

[ Via Latina Lista ]