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Black girls take on tech's diversity woes
CNN Money
Over 60 participants, 17 teams and two days of marathon computer programing — and they're all girls of color under the age of 18. Black Girls CODE, a nonprofit that teaches coding to girls from underserved communities, hosted its first ever hackathon. "One of the biggest obstacles to black girls getting into tech is lack of exposure," said biotechnologist and engineer Kimberly Bryant, who founded Black Girls CODE in 2011.
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Analysis: The exploding demand for computer science education, and why America needs to keep up
GeekWire
Young adults today are realizing how computer science knowledge can help them succeed at not just being a software developer, but with nearly any job. Heck, even journalists are being encouraged to take a few Javascript and HTML courses. “Kids are waking up,” said Ed Lazowska, the Bill & Melinda Gates Chair in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. “Every field is becoming an information field, and if you can program at a level beyond an intro course, it’s a huge value to you.”
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New teaching approach touted for engineering education
e! Science News
Purdue University researchers who developed a new approach to more effectively teach large numbers of engineering students are recommending that the approach be considered for adoption by universities globally. The system, called the Purdue Mechanics Freeform Classroom, allows students to interact with each other and faculty online while accessing hundreds of instructional videos and animations.
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What you can do differently to hire and promote people with disabilities
DiversityInc
More than 50 million people in the United States have an Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA)–defined disability, yet only a tiny fraction of them find jobs in corporate America. Even fewer are promoted. In an era of enhanced recognition of the importance of corporate diversity to business results, why is this talent pool so often ignored? DiversityInc and The Viscardi Center held an intimate and important dinner discussion with 50 corporate leaders May 22 in New York City. The goal was to understand the issue and to have the companies begin to develop action plans to address these talent gaps.
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Inclusiveness means giving every employee personal attention
Bloomberg
Social psychologists have found that even people who do not intend to discriminate are likely to hold implicit biases against certain people, perhaps those who are new or less senior, or who represent a certain function. Inclusive leaders actively fight against these tendencies. Make note of potential blind spots: unconscious favoritism, conformity, or silence in certain situations.
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10 insights on building, motivating and managing an exceptional team
Entrepreneur
It cannot be understated how important a great team is to a business’ success. The quality of the work you do will never exceed the quality of the team behind it. To many entrepreneurs' and managerss dismay, team building often seems as complicated as watchmaking — there are a lot of moving parts, and things have to be just right in order to create something magical. Fortunately, academic research on team culture and group dynamics sheds some much needed light on creating and motivating the perfect team.
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How to get more girls into math and science? Chevron has ideas, and is writing big checks
Albany Business Review
Corporate dollars can go a long way toward encouraging girls to get involved in science and technology, engineering and math. Just ask Linda Kekelis to tell you about a girl named Aileen. Kekelis is the founder and CEO of Techbridge, an Oakland, California-based nonprofit that has partnered with Chevron to provide hands-on experiences and career exploration to 400 girls each year. Aileen was one of those girls.
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Helping to STEM a crisis
The Journal Gazette
Critics of the U.S. education system have long had evidence to back their claims that our academics are not up to snuff. Indeed, there is a slump in our students’ test scores as a whole in the STEM disciplines of science, technology, engineering and mathematics when compared with those of other countries. Perhaps more concerning, however, is the steadily declining trend in the level of U.S. student interest in related career fields.
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