What can be done to increase diversity in STEM fields?
To increase diversity in STEM fields, each of us must take on the role of a change-maker. We have the power to drive change in a multitude of ways, starting with a commitment of our time. As women and mothers, we can work with local school boards to advocate for and promote the introduction or expansion of STEM programs and activities for children. We can also volunteer our time to provide mentorship and coaching for students and early-career professionals, both inside and outside of our organizations, offering them networking opportunities and the necessary guidance and support to pursue a career in STEM.
By partnering with our DEI teams, we can cultivate inclusive workplace cultures by joining employee resource groups that promote work-life balance for our associates. Establishing a positive workplace culture is crucial in retaining a diverse talent pool in STEM fields. We can also collaborate with our HR teams to broaden recruitment efforts and reach a more diverse range of talent in STEM fields. Together, by committing to these actions, we can create a more diverse and inclusive future for STEM.
How is the world changing with respect to STEM?
The world is experiencing rapid change, and STEM fields are at the forefront of many of these advancements. Some of the most significant areas worth noting include artificial intelligence (AI), big data, and cybersecurity. These fields are heavily reliant on STEM innovations, and they continue to drive major changes in our world.
Artificial Intelligence is transforming the way we live and work, from virtual assistants and self-driving cars to digital workers and personalized medicine. As both producers and consumers of data, the Big Data movement is revolutionizing our daily lives and decision-making processes. With vast amounts of data being generated daily, organizations are analyzing and monetizing this data to generate insights previously thought impossible.
As the world’s reliance on technology continues to grow, cybersecurity has become increasingly important. STEM professionals are playing a critical role in this area as organizations and governments seek to protect personal information and defend against cyberattacks. By pushing the boundaries of STEM innovation, we are creating a safer and more efficient world for all.