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.
Researchers trying to figure out how to get more black and Latino students into science, technology, engineering and mathematics usually focus on those students’ college years. In a new study that capitalizes on data from the National Center for Educational Statistics and methods that address causality, Cornell sociologists looked at an earlier portion of the pipeline - in high school, when students’ commitment to STEM fields tends to solidify.
Kamau Bobb is senior director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. In this column, Bobb cites the lack of students of color in STEM majors, a failure that he believes ought to be on everyone’s mind as Atlanta pursues Amazon’s second headquarters. He contends the plan to lure Amazon here must consider how Georgia can democratize computing so STEM opportunities are open to all students.
According to the 2016 report titled, “Minority and Female Employment in the Oil & Natural Gas and Petrochemical Industries, 2015-2035” by IHS Global prepared for API, “nearly 1.9 million direct job opportunities are projected through 2035 in the oil and natural gas and petrochemical industries” and “African Americans and Hispanics will account for over 80 percent of the net increase in the labor force from 2015 to 2035.”
By 2020, STEM jobs in the United States are expected to increase by 10% (Lockard & Wolf, 2012); however, with some sectors reporting nearly 600,000 unfilled engineering jobs (BLS, 2015), declining numbers of engineering graduates cause alarm.