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Spelman College Teams Up With SMASH To Increase The Number Of WOC In STEM

Spelman has recently entered a partnership to bring more women of color into science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The Historically Black College and University (HBCU) has teamed up with SMASH, a STEM racial justice nonprofit focused on addressing inequities in education, according to a press release. The collaboration is kickstarting a new social change-focused program for 25 female high school students, who will be offered the opportunity of “building computer science skills, accessing career mentorship, completing college preparatory workshops, and more.” “SMASH x Spelman is coming to fruition at just the right time. As technology becomes ubiquitous across all aspects of our society, the voices, experiences, and expertise of Black women are critical to the creation of a more equitable future,” said Tamara Pearson, Director of the Center of Excellence for Minority Women in STEM at Spelman College in a statement. “A future where technology is leveraged for the...

Feb 25, 2022

How Kapor Center Is Helping To Close The Technology Gap Through Programs With Deep Impact

The technology industry is booming. More than ever, entrepreneurs, engineers and everyone in between are creating new solutions, landing high-paying jobs and creating long-lasting career paths for themselves. But despite all of this success, black and Latinx tech employees are still vastly underrepresented. And to change that is going to take implementing programs and initiatives that have deep impact, such as Kapor Center’s signature education program, SMASH . SMASH was one of the earliest STEM education programs in the U.S. and has continued to serve students since its inception in 2004 on the University of California’s Berkeley campus.The comprehensive program continues to grow and make a difference in the lives of participants by providing them with a comprehensive STEM curriculum. “A lot of our students are coming from communities that are facing a plethora of challenges — food insecurity, violence, poverty, lack of role models…” said Anne Sawiris, Site Director at SMASH UC...