In response to President Donald Trump’s proposal to defund the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), Congressman Jerry McNerney (CA-09) led two bipartisan letters to the House Appropriations Committee imploring Congress to fund the MBDA in the FY2018 appropriations, and recommending that MBDA provide an annual policy report to Congress to address gaps in equity between minority and non-minority owned firms. Continue reading Rep. McNerney Leads Bipartisan Effort to Save the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)
Scholarship program with 10 schools pays for a master’s degree, internship and help finding Fortune 500 jobs Continue reading Columbia University Partners With HBCUs To Fight Lack Of Business Diversity
How will young boys and girls respond when their pro sports, entertainment and performing arts idols tell them to pass on fame and focus on careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)? Sports tech companies hope kids listen to the likes of Drew Brees and LeBron James and consider a career as a mathlete, for example, over a shot at a professional athlete. The same goes for girls hearing a similar message from super-model Adriana Lima, and actress Zendaya.
It’s no secret that there are millions of open tech jobs available in the U.S. today that STEM-educated kids could fill as adults. Verizon pegs the number at 9 million overall with 4 million in science and math alone. By contrast, the number of pro sports and entertainment jobs are limited and quite difficult to land.
You needn’t do the math. A Verizon commercial claims there are only 2,880 pro football players, 624 pro basketball players, 850 pro soccer players and 5,800 models.
“We don’t need more Drews,” says NFL Super Bowl Winner Saints QB Drew Brees in the engaging ad. “We don’t need more LeBrons,” says NBA Superstar LeBron James. Other famous personalities added their voices.
That’s Brees’ and James’ message in a Verizon commercial that hit the airwaves during the Final Four and then during the national championship on Monday evening. The ads are part of an ongoing Verizon program, which includes financial and tech resources for kids in underserved schools and communities so that they have the opportunity to take the STEM challenge.
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The Center for Minorities and People with Disabilities in IT (CMD-IT) announced that the University Award for Underrepresented Students in Computer Science is open for nominations. The University award recognizes US institutions that have demonstrated a commitment and shown results for the retention of students from underrepresented groups in undergraduate Computer Science programs over the last five years. The award, sponsored by Microsoft, is focused on the following underrepresented groups: African Americans, Native Americans, Hispanics, and People with Disabilities. All colleges and universities within the United States are invited to participate in this award.
Yesim Darici did not pursue a career in advocacy. She is a scientist – a theoretical and experimental physicist with expertise in transition metals and clean coal technology. Yet, Darici is a trailblazer for women in science. Today, she is also FIU’s leading advocate for women and gender issues as the director of the Center for Women’s and Gender Studies. Continue reading Career physicist, unexpected advocate
Monday’s Google Doodle honors the life and legacy of Fazlur Rahman Khan, a Bangladeshi-American structural engineer and architect responsible for advances in the field of high-rise and large-scale design. Continue reading Google Doodle Honors Bangladeshi-American Engineer Fazlur Rahman Khan
While the names and enormous accomplishments of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson were left out of history books, these brilliant African American women are now getting the recognition they deserve with the release of the blockbuster film “Hidden Figures” in 2016. Continue reading Booz Allen Hamilton’s Problem Solvers Campaign Celebrates Women Of Color In STEM Careers
Sylvana Caridi Coche is a woman on the cutting edge of technology. She is one of the elite who has not only watched but nurtured the shape of the IT movement from its inception. She has vast experience and insight when it comes to STEAM disciplines and is working diligently to not just talk–but to take action.
Continue reading Sylvana Coche on Global Competitiveness, Mentoring and Diversity
“WE ARE NMSDC”
National Minority Supplier Development Council, Celebrating 45 Years, Kicks Off Campaign to Showcase Its Network’s Achievements and Impact Continue reading NMSDC Affiliate Councils and MBES to Take Up the Challenge!