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Harnessing the Digital Economy to Support Women of Colour in Post Secondary STEM Education
There is a lack of diversity in almost all STEM fields. This is an equity problem and an innovation problem. Not only does a significant proportion of people not have full access to participate or reap the economic and aesthetic benefits of being involved in STEM in a digital economy, the entire world loses out from the potential contributions and innovations of groups of people denied access.
We are working to identify knowledge strengths and gaps, and identify the most promising policies and practices related to retention of women of colour in post-secondary STEM education. This project specifically explores how digital tools and emerging technologies can be leveraged for retention. A comprehensive understanding of these issues will lead to research that can then move beyond "critical" and incremental attempts and develop more "radical approaches" (Aguire & Martin, 2016, p.11). More importantly this research will enable us to begin to best prepare and include all types of people in STEM fields in the digital economy.
Principal Investigator: Dr. Robyn Ruttenberg-Rozen
Collaborators: Dr. Tapo Chimbganda, Future Black Female
Funding Agency: SSHRC & Ryerson Future Skills Centre
Additional Team Members: Chantal Mckenzie & Katelin Hynes