What Would Technology Look Like if Our STEM Workforce Were as Diverse as Our World?
The tech industry’s lack of social diversity isn’t breaking news. Major tech companies have announced their numbers and the largest tech giants are nearly 90 percent white and Asian, with a predominantly male leadership. But the lack of diversity shows up in more than company stats—it shows up in the products millions of people use and depend on in their daily lives.
Picturing a New STEM Workforce
Close your eyes. Now picture a scientist. Do you see a white man, maybe cloaked in a laboratory coat with his hair in wild disarray? If so, you’re hardly alone. In 1957, Margaret Mead and Rhoda Metraux had 35,000 high school students write essays describing their perceptions of a scientist. Nearly everyone’s descriptions matched the one above.
Talking to Teens About Social Media
It’s easy to forget that a social network is simply the digital manifestation of dynamics that exist in daily offline life. But social media certainly provides ample opportunities to take those dynamics to the extreme.