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Race Bridge - Diversity In STEM
Thursday, February 18, 2021, 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM CDT
Category: Professional Development

Growth and innovation in STEM is increasingly becoming the economic engine running the world. From algorithms and artificial intelligence to vaccinations and fighter jets, these sharp, analytical thinkers are shaping every facet of society. The problem is that more than two-thirds of these society shapers are White or Asian men, leaving women (only 27% of STEM jobs), African Americans (only 9%) and Hispanics (only 7%) grossly underrepresented in the growing field. 

Consider this: STEM jobs will increase 8.9 percent from 2014 to 2024, outpacing non-STEM employment's rise of 5.7 percent over the same period. And on average STEM workers out-earn their non-STEM counterparts by 30%  – which makes “society-shaping” a pretty sweet deal for those who get in on it. But what about everyone who gets left out?

Join us for this discussion on the importance of diversity in STEM where a panel of experts will explore the reasons and consequences for the underrepresentation.

Attend the discussion and learn:

  • What is preventing people of color from entering and persisting in STEM fields
  • How the lack of diversity is having a negative impact on STEM work environments
  • Some of the solutions to closing the gaps in STEM education, employment and advancement
  • The positive economic and industry impact of increasing representation
  • How lack of diversity in STEM hampers the success and effectiveness of the products we use everyday



Abim Kolawole
VP,  CX Integration &
Promoting Journey
Northwestern Mutual

Kamela Goodwyn, PhD.
Dean, STEM Academic + Career Pathway
Milwaukee Area Technical College
Nadiyah Johnson
CEO & Founder
Jet Constellations

Leia Ferrari
Talent Placement Manager,
IC Stars


This special edition of Race Bridge is brought to you in partnership with Milwaukee Film's 
Black History Month Programming.  Our conversation, centered on Diversity in STEM, is powered by the film Coded Bias, a documentary uncovering the racial and skin-type biases in artificial intelligence software being sold and used for mass surveillance.

Register Here