An MIT professor and Microsoft researcher's advice for black computer scientists
James Mickens is a Microsoft researcher and an MLK visiting professor at MIT. On Jan. 19, he took to Reddit for an "Ask me Anything" session focused on his experience as an African American computer scientist. In an interview with Quartz after the AMA, Mickens said the overarching theme to his advice is to "be intentional." Figure out what it is you want professionally, and act with the purpose to achieve that goal. That advice is even more important for people from underrepresented communities in the field, because they have less benefit of the doubt and fewer connections to start with, Mickens tells Quartz.
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