The 21-year-old senior at the University of California at Davis wasn’t concerned about the academic rigor or long hours spent in the classroom — it was the uneasiness he felt when his peers and instructors watched him. Briscoe, who is African American, studies computer engineering at UC Davis, where black students constitute fewer than 3 percent of students in the program. Often, he is the only black student in his classes.
Representation matters for Black women college students when it comes to belonging in rigorous science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs, according to a new study. Having role models who share their racial identity is vital to signaling a sense of belonging for women of color college students.
We often appreciate the contributions of famous scientists such as Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein and Thomas Edison. But it’s also important to reflect on the accomplishments of scientists from underrepresented populations who overcame several obstacles to achieve extraordinary feats.
The need for more scientists and engineers is a persistent issue plaguing industries throughout the United States. Several initiatives created to prioritize science, technology, engineering and mathematics in schools are helping educators prepare more diverse students and workers for STEM fields. However, these efforts might be falling short when it comes to representation of people of color, according to a University of Missouri researcher.
On April 30-May 1, Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Diversity Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. G. K. Butterfield (NC) and Barbara Lee (CA) welcomed Rep. Maxine Waters (CA), Ranking Member of the Financial Services Committee, and Rep. Gregory Meeks (NY), also a member of the Financial Services Committee, to the third CBC TECH 2020 delegation to Silicon Valley. The members proposed a tech CEO summit, where leaders of major tech companies must come together to determine specific actions needed to increase minority representation and inclusion in the industry.
The largely extracurricular world of math circles, competitions and summer camps is overwhelmingly white, Asian and Asian-American. These programs are often filled with students from well-off families, with parents who are professionals, many in technology or related fields, who see math as a key pathway of entry to increasingly selective colleges.
For black men, pursuing a graduate degree in engineering is like riding out a storm, according to new research. They enroll knowing they will face challenges, but the barriers that black men described as part of a six-year study show how race was a greater obstacle than they expected.
The Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus and the Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics Caucus hosted technology companies and HBCU presidents and leaders on Capitol Hill for the first HBCU STEAM Day of Action.
Global scientific competitiveness of the United States depends on the nation’s ability to sustain and grow the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) workforce. An important approach to this goal is ensuring that groups historically underrepresented (HU) in STEM fields play larger roles that reflect their growth and strengthening influence in society.
Simply put, our country needs more African-American engineers to continue our nation’s progress and fill talent gaps in manufacturing. It begins with a commitment by business leaders to support organizations like the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), which is holding its annual convention in Pittsburgh today through Sunday.