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:
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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
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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