Universities Join the National Science Foundation to Boost Women of Color in Technology Fields

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine has formed the Action Collaborative on Transforming Trajectories for Women of Color in Tech. This joint initiative aims to provide evidence-based insights and recommendations to enhance the recruitment, retention, and advancement of women of color in the tech industry.

To date, 35 institutions across the nation have joined the collaborative that seeks to bolster educational pathways and workforce participation in the tech industry for women identifying as African American, Black, Hispanic, Latina, Native American, Asian American, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

“Innovation in the tech and computing domains, especially with the rapid rise of artificial intelligence, demands equitable representation and inclusion of all voices,” said Enrico Pontelli, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Regents Professor of Computer Science at New Mexico State University, one of the academic partners in the initiative. “There are many studies that show that diverse working teams are more efficient and produce more effective solutions and designs. Right now, we are missing half of the potential talent.”

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