Diversity and Equity

Working to Bring Diversity to Tech is a ‘Trek for a Lifetime’

Harvey Mudd College is known as a powerhouse in engineering and computer science—but like those fields, it has struggled historically with recruiting diverse staff and students.

This School Was Failing at Its Mission to Graduate Every Student. Then It Opened a Day Care.

WASHINGTON, D.C — Inside a high school in the Columbia Heights neighborhood, down several hallways lined with student artwork and college acceptance letters, is a doorway marked “day care.”Image credit: Emily TateFlanked by two baby cribs, the door itself is covered with laminated guides promoting breastfeeding—one in English, another in Spanish—and behind it is a 3,360-square-foot, multi-room center filled with personalized cubbies, half a dozen cribs, baby bouncers, play sets, early learning tools and a pumping station.

It’s Time Edtech Conferences Stopped Ignoring Equity and Race

The typical edtech conference buzzes with gadgetry, infrastructure and new ways to engage students. Most session tend to focus on new apps or software over deep dives into pedagogy and building better relationships. There’s nothing inherently wrong with that—the world needs both. But when was the last time you hear someone talk about racism or digital equity? Where are the conversations about reaching all learners and examining our own biases as educators?

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How 60 Minutes Oversimplified the Gender Gap and Overlooked Women in Tech

When Americans tuned in to watch last Sunday’s segment of 60 Minutes, they learned that the vast gender gap in the tech industry is shrinking, thanks to “one group that may have a chance to finally crack the code,” as the correspondent put it.

What Poor Kids Want Rich Colleges to Know About Their Experiences

When Zuri Gordon received several thick envelopes in the mail saying she got into highly-selective colleges, she hoped her family would be thrilled. But that’s not how it played out. “My mother would not care—she would say, ‘You’re not going to go there, we can’t afford that,’” Gordon told an audience at SXSW EDU this week, adding that "now I can see she was trying to protect me from getting my hopes up because they knew that they couldn't afford that."

Empathy Isn’t Enough: Power Imbalances In Edtech Must Shift

As agencies like UNESCO call for global citizen education, in an aim to create peaceful and sustainable societies, online education is being increasingly used to boost cross-cultural dialogues and promote shared values through empathy and compassion-building.

Esports Scholarships Are Growing. Do They Leave Some Students Behind?

Maybe you’ve heard of esports? It’s a $900 million industry with nearly 400 million viewers worldwide that is growing by leaps and bounds every year. You may have seen the photos of stadiums packed to the gills with crazed fans or photos of young high school- and college-aged players hoisting sparkling trophies high into the air as they pull in million-dollar prize purses.

Obama, Curry Call For Mentorship and Community at My Brother’s Keeper Anniversary Event

“We can all be surrogate fathers. We can all be big brothers.”Former President Barack Obama spoke those words in front of thousands at the My Brother’s Keeper (MBK) Alliance National Gathering in the heart of Oakland, Calif. on Tuesday. The gathering marked the fifth anniversary of the program’s existence, which was founded during Obama’s presidency in 2014.

Food, Housing and Childcare: Colleges Addressing Basic Needs Are Boosting Success

Long Beach, CA—Improving students success won’t hinge on shiny new gadgets or high-tech early alert systems based on AI or big data. Increasingly, colleges are deciding to focus on addressing the root causes that can lead students to struggle in the first place.That was a major through line at this week’s DREAM conference here. Hosted by nonprofit Achieving the Dream, the event brought together community college leaders from 48 states to share what has worked and lessons learned from failed efforts as they’ve worked to support diverse and changing student populations.

#SuperintendentsSoWhite: Three Takeaways from the Annual Survey of School Leaders

For a field that is dominated by women, there sure are a lot of male superintendents overseeing U.S. public schools.It’s one of the most pressing issues facing superintendents today, according to leaders at the AASA, the School Superintendents Association, as well as one of the most glaring findings from this year’s superintendent salary survey. That, and the fact that superintendents are overwhelmingly white.

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