Race In Tech | Culture Change

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Episode 84: Race in Tech | Culture Change

This week we expand our Race In Tech Series to include STEM.  We are joined by, Dr. Natoshia Anderson, who considers herself a former or “reformed” mechanical engineer.  Dr. Anderson  is now a STEM educator and consultant, working with organizations to find funding and develop programming for minority youth in STEM.  As the Vice President of Training and Implementation for WOZ Ed, Dr. Anderson provides science and STEM kits to students on all areas of the educational spectrum.  Dr. Anderson and Jeff Ton cover a lot of ground in this episode, starting with the intersection of: being female, being Black and working in STEM.  This is an incredibly candid conversation that dives into many issues such as, being the first and only, microaggressions, the emotions that come along with current events and what it will take for a true culture shift.

Check out Dr. Anderson’s podcast STEMming in Stilettos

Discussed in this episode:

Race In Tech Resources

The Memo: What Women of Color Need to Know to Secure a Seat at the Table, by Minda Harts

Hood Feminism: Notes From the Woman a Movement Forgot, by Mikki Kendall

Time Stamped Table of Contents

1:37 Dr. Anderson’s background

4:33 The intersection of: being female, being black and working in STEM

8:29 Being the first and only

12:27 Microaggressions

15:39 Culture change

18:08 Diversity of thought

21:52 The heavy emotions around current events

28:53 The womanist movement

30:59 Action items

Dr. Natoshia Anderson is an Award-Winning STEM educator, consultant, trainer, podcast host and professional speaker. She is the CEO & Founder of Smart STEM, LLC, a STEM education consulting business that specializes in curriculum and program development for K-12, post-secondary, for-profit and non-profit businesses.  As the VP of Training and Implementation for WOZ Ed, Dr. Anderson coordinates with schools for training on and delivery of science and STEM kits.

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