NPR’s All Tech Considered, which calls itself an “exploration of technology and digital culture, on-air and online,” recently announced a new series that will share the stories of diverse voices in science and technology. NPR declared:
In mid-July, All Tech Considered will select innovators who are breaking new ground in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math. We will invite a selected group to join us on Twitter for the day as we follow their footprints on Twitter. #RaceOnTech will put a face on some of the experienced and emerging forces in the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
The project will be led by Davar Ardalan, senior producer of NPR’s Identity and Culture Unit. Diversity in STEM is a huge topic, as women and people of color are significantly under-represented which can discourage them from entering pursuing careers in science. The BBC recently published a piece on how black students are deterred from entering the predominantly white STEM fields:
Stem (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields are a particular cause for concern because within them there are more pronounced stereotypes, extreme competitiveness and gender inequities regarding the abilities and competencies of black male and female students.
It’s very exciting to see NPR collect and celebrate these stories – and it’s not the first time! NPR also recently launched #NPRWomenInTech and #NPRBlacksinTech to make women and African-Americans in tech more visible.
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