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Posted on September 9, 2013 at 10:55 PM

National Movement Targets Lack of Women, Minorities in Computing

"There are many factors to consider when it comes to keeping students interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), Portland Chief Technology Officer Ben Berry said. Students first need access and exposure to what’s available; parents need to support their interest; students’ peers must accept their choice to be involved with technology; they need to feel inspired to continue participating; and they need role models who can show them the way.

The country needs more mentors for black and Latino students, Berry said. His own success in a technology-based career comes from seeing his father, the first black student to graduate in aeronautical engineering at USC, assume a position of authority in a STEM field. Seeing his father's success showed him that this was a kind of position that was possible for him, too."

 

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