Science, technology, engineering and mathematics - collectively known as STEM - touches nearly every aspect of our lives. Innovation comes from the hard work and creativity of researchers. In order to produce quality scientific research and products that meet the needs and improve the lives of a diverse population of individuals, the people performing the research must come from a diverse group. Diversity in the workplace, especially in scientific research, leads to increased problem-solving, helps to expand the pool of available talent, and is important for the long-term economic growth of individual businesses, as well as cities and nations. Every person deserves to access, contribute to and benefit from scientific discovery. Unfortunately, the current system does not reflect this. Minoritized scientists make up only 7.7% of the scientific community in the United States of America, with less than 2% of this being Black and Hispanic women (Abiodun, S. J. (2019). “Seeing Color,” A Discussion of the Implications and Applications of Race in the Field of Neuroscience. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 13, 280.).
Below are links to a few select resources that expand upon and highlight this specific issue in STEM.
- "Diversity in STEM: What it is and why it matters," Scientific American. Written by Kenneth Gibbs.
- “Seeing Color, A Discussion of the Implications and Applications of Race in the Field of Neuroscience,” Cognitive Neuroscience, 2019. Written by Sade J. Abiodun.
- “Diversity in Science: Where Are the Data?” Scientific American. Written by Fred Guterl.
- “Seeking Solutions: Maximizing American Talent by Advancing Women of Color in Academia: Summary of a Conference,” National Research Council of the National Academies.
- "Creating a World for Me: Students of Color Navigating STEM Identity," by Tyanez C. Jones 2019. In this research students of color created ideas for new cultural models and built solidarity using multimodal communication
- "Diversity in the Geosciences," by Leila Gonzales and Christopher Keane 2020.
"Increasing Diversity in Geosciences," Anglo American, 2021