To Be Unapologetically “Ungoogley”: Why STEM Diversity Fails Women of Color

This event is a part of the Dean’s Diversity Lecture Series from the College of Education and will take place from 12:00-1:00 p.m.

Event Details:

April 30, 2018
12:00-1:00 p.m.
104 Illini Union

How best to engage more underrepresented women – namely African American, native American, Latinx, and Asian Americans – in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)? This presentation challenges the notion that STEM equity is gained through simply siversifying the disciplines. A systemic approach that applies intersectionality as a methodology will be offered during this talk. Particularly for efforts aiming to engage underrepresented girls and women in STEM, the presenter will briefly discuss and present examples of how counting the number of bodies in a STEM space falls short of creating a just system. Drawing on her circuitous journey from teaching in a “special needs” district, working in a rehabilitation center for female prostitutes and slaves, to collaborating with others to lead the nationally recognized girl-centered STEM program, called COMPUGIRLS, the presenter provokes listeners to reconsider rhetoric about leveling the playing field.

About Dr. Kimberly A. Scott

Dr. Kimberly A. Scott is a professor in the Women and Gender Studies Department at Arizona State University, and the founder and executive director of ASU’s Center for Gender Equity in Science and Technology. The center is a one-of-a-kind research unit focused on exploring, identifying, and creating innovative scholarship that is focused on underrepresented girls in STEM. Projects include a National Science Foundation-funded study involving the digital age of today; a Bill Gates-funded project centered on African-American families and technology use, and an NSF_funded program focused on culturally responsive co-robotics.

Dr. Scott is also an affiliate faculty member at the Center for Digital Media Innovation at George Mason University. Her interdisciplinary work examines girls of color and their social and academic development within informal spaces, as well as their techno-social innovations. She has been published in nearly 50 publications and co-authored the book Kids in Context. Scott recently co-edited the book Women Education Scholars and Their Children’s Schooling and is completing COMPUGIRLS: Becoming Ourselves in this Digital Age, which will be published by University of Illinois press.