Why Culturally-Responsive Instruction?

Culturally-responsive instruction is essential in ensuring students in STEM reflect the general population. No matter how talented students are, if they do not feel that their gender or ethnic group is welcome or belongs in that major, they may not pursue a career in STEM. Training a diverse group of students offers the opportunity for workforce diversity, which has social and financial benefits.

Gender-diverse and ethnically-diverse companies are more likely to outperform companies that are less diverse: Read More

Having a diverse workforce can also make products better, serving a diverse customer base. Consider how,
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It’s important to acknowledge that even when we have talented and qualified students from diverse backgrounds, they may face challenges in the job market. Below are some articles that provide insight into these challenges, including cultural fit and sexism:

The Lack Of Diversity In Tech Is A Cultural Issue (August 12, 2015): Read More

Can't hack it: Tech's diversity efforts are 'a failure' (January 19, 2016): Read More

Why Doesn’t Silicon Valley Hire Black Coders? (January 21, 2016): Read More

Women considered better coders – but only if they hide their gender (February 12, 2016): Read More

Training Albuquerque's Native American youth to code: Learn More

Explore the various modules directed at faculty and course instructors, addressing culturally-competent instruction in a programming class.