Black and Latinx Americans are underrepresented in STEM jobs. There are many reasons for this: limited access to quality education, discrimination in recruitment and promotion practices, and disparities in STEM-based programming across youth communities, to name a few.
Meghna Chakrabarti, host of WBUR's On Point, sat down with a panel of experts for a wide-ranging conversation on how to develop solutions to reverse these trends. She was joined by Tarika Barrett, CEO of Girls Who Code; Nigel Jacob, co-chair of the Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics; Adrian Mims, founder and CEO of The Calculus Project; Karl Reid, former executive director of the National Society of Black Engineers.
Highlights from this interview have been lightly edited for clarity.