2016 NCWIT Summit — “Social Connections, Cultural Identity and Inclusion” Mini Plenary by Mimi Ito
Why do we see declining diversity in the tech sector despite its progressivism and despite continuing efforts to expand access to STEM and CS education? Dr. Ito will delve into the forces underlying this seeming paradox. In order to learn and be successful in technical and creative fields, young people need access to informal social networks as well as the formal educational and career pipeline. Evidence shows that without attention to these social and cultural dimensions, well-meaning efforts at educational innovation and reform can exacerbate equity gaps.