Monday, October 6, 2008

Making a Case for Diversity in STEM Fields

I know there is ongoing debate about where computing falls in the academy (science, engineering, business, math, other) ... I do think it is an easy case to make that computing falls across disciplines in the STEM fields.

So I am handing off to a recent article about the motivations to consider diversity in STEM fields (including computing), summarizing here:
  1. First, we must clearly articulate the educational case for diversity, showing how students and society benefit from it.
  2. Second, we need to think more holistically about diversity in STEM.
  3. Third, we must acknowledge that stereotypes still matter, and that they affect perceptions of quality and expectations for performance.
Be warned, there is some pretty contentious debate in the comments at the end (but we should all be open to debate :-).

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