Two University of Florida professors, no strangers to the entry barriers for minority students in science, technology, engineering and math fields, explain how the taunting of minority students in a robotics competition are part of a cultural idea that minority students don’t belong in STEM classes.
SXSWedu hasn’t typically been the place to discuss equity in education and technology. In 2016, only 3 percent of the conference’s 350 sessions explicitly addressed the role that technology plays in impacting the opportunity gap. This year, that percentage appears to have jumped up to roughly 10 percent of the conference’s programming.
By increasing awareness of past gender and racial inequity, Hidden Figures has sparked interest in addressing the inequities that are still present today. Studies show that female and male students actually perform equally well in mathematics and science on standardized tests, but larger gaps exist between students of different racial and ethnic backgrounds or family income.
Congressmen - Engineers - Scientists, - Rappers, - NBA Stars-Entrepreneurs. Those were just a few of the Energy Champions and Ambassadors convened and honored on December 2016 Minorities in Energy Year III Forum by the United States Department of Energy. While their own backgrounds were quite diverse, the influential attendees shared a common conviction, the importance of diversifying the field of Energy, and a common passion, to serve as advocates of that diversity in the Energy Ecosystem.
What do a Hip Hop Artist, a NBA player, a University President, and a Congressman have in common? STEM of course! Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics–STEM is the fuel that drives U.S. competitiveness by inspiring innovation and fostering creativity. It also holds the key to our country’s future economic prosperity.
The National Center for Science and Engineering Statistics (NCSES) today announced the release of the 2017 Women, Minorities, and Persons with Disabilities in Science and Engineering (WMPD) report, the federal government's most comprehensive look at the participation of these three demographic groups in science and engineering education and employment.
Case, who spoke on the topic at the recent TEDx mid-Atlantic conference in Washington, D.C., says the reason money is not going to minority groups boils down to one thing: unconscious bias, or the act of unintentionally gravitating to those most like us. “People that we’re most familiar [with], who are similar to us, are often those we feel most comfortable with,” Case told WTOP.
The picture is by now familiar: Many tech companies are very white and very male. Women leave tech companies at a higher rate than men. Fewer blacks and Latinos with degrees in tech-related subjects get hired, and those who stay too often feel isolated.
“Being in this room, there is a culture of acceptance. If someone fails, we know it's OK to fail,” said Dylan Momplaisir, a tech-savvy 16-year-old from Ozone Park, Queens. “For many students of color, we don’t have that culture. If you make one mistake, you may not be able to succeed.” For Dylan, who is entering his junior year at the High School of Economics and Finance, the fact that he’s learning to code with other black kids is what makes the experience a life-changer.
During a panel discussion at the New America Foundation, Melissa Moritz, deputy director of STEM -- science, technology, engineering and math -- at the Education Department, noted the ethnic and gender imbalances in computer science education. Still a rarity at schools across the country, computer science classes are disproportionately unavailable to low-income students, according to Moritz, who argued that biases -- conscious or unconscious -- deter many minority and female students from pursuing the field that is accounting for more wage growth in the U.S.