Category: Diversity, equity, and inclusion

GE Foundation commits up to $100 Million to increase diversity of young people in engineering

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The GE Foundation is committing up to $100 million to create the Next Engineers program – a global college-readiness initiative to increase the diversity of young people in engineering. The program will focus on underrepresented students in grades eight to 12 (ages 13 to 18), provide hands-on exposure to engineering concepts and careers, and ultimately award scholarships to pursue engineering degrees. Over the next decade, the goal is to reach more than 85,000 students in approximately 25 cities globally, inspiring the next generation of engineers to build a world that works.  

Minority representation in US science workforce sees few gains

Read the full story in Nature.

Members of minority ethnic groups have made only modest inroads into US science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) positions in recent years, according to an analysis of nearly 20 million people.

The analysis was conducted by the Pew Research Center, a non-profit organization in Washington DC, and used data collected by the Integrated Public Use Microdata Series American Community Survey. It found that Black people accounted for 9% of the STEM workforce in 2019. That’s the same proportion as in 2016, suggesting a lack of progress at a time when many companies and universities had pledged to promote diversity. Over the same period, the proportion of Hispanic workers in STEM jobs rose from 7% to 8%. Black and Hispanic people make up 12% and 17% of the US workforce, respectively.

A new initiative uses Indigenous insights to amplify soil’s ability to absorb CO₂

Read the full story at Grist.

A coalition of scientists, ranchers, Indigenous tribes, and others are developing an idea they call ‘carbon capture with benefits.’

Regaining what’s been lost: Kamal Bell’s work at Sankofa Farms

Read the full story in CALS Magazine.

At Sankofa Farms, doctoral student Kamal Bell looks to agriculture and to the past to break down educational barriers for young African American men.

Reimagining STEM workforce development as a braided river

Read the full story at Eos.

A contemporary approach to today’s science careers looks less like a structured pipeline and more like a collection of paths that change and adapt to the needs of the individual.

Podcast episode: Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Renewables Industry

Listen to the episode from Renewable Energy SmartPod.

The social justice movement that gathered momentum in the aftermath of George Floyd’s murder forced many industries, including renewables, to take a long, hard look at their diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.  This episode features Kenneth Labeja, the co-founder and CFO of Triple Oak Power, and Dareem David, director of finance at Primergy Solar, discussing the progress the industry has made on DEI initiatives (4:46 and 16:25) and difficult circumstances they’ve experienced as Black men in renewables (8:30). They also look at ways the renewables industry can flex its financial clout to drive change (19:29) and diversify its ranks of younger talent and experienced professionals (22:26). 

Women’s empowerment is key to reducing climate change

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Empowering women and girls in developing countries ranked second among 76 solutions for curbing global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, according to a new report by the climate research organization Project Drawdown. Drawdown estimates that girls’ education and family planning would reduce carbon by 85 gigatons by 2050. The report comes just before International Women’s Day on March 8.

‘Failing up’: Why some climb the ladder despite mediocrity

Read the full story from the BBC.

Allowing workers to ‘fail up’ can yield talented leaders. But only some people are allowed to fail without penalty, while others never get the chance.

Let the dog in: how institutions and colleagues can help scientists who require support animals

Read the full story in Nature.

University policies often present barriers to bringing assistance dogs into the lab or on campus.

Can smart buildings be more equitable buildings?

Read the full story at GreenBiz.

There are ample regulatory drivers and utility incentives for reducing a building’s carbon footprint and embracing energy-efficient technology, but not for supporting diversity, particularly for privately held companies.

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