Op-ed: Expanding STEM programs will narrow the racial divide in tech


The world is rapidly changing, and the future is rushing towards us. A week will see the same changes and developments that past generations were accustomed to seeing in a year, or even a decade. Indeed, American “productivity” increased 400%  from 1930 to 2000. Younger generations struggle to keep up with increasing demands. As the world becomes more complex, many vocations that previously provided good pay and stability – middle-skill jobs, like manufacturing, accommodation, retail and food service – are anticipated to be replaced in the near future, at least in part by automation. 

Disadvantaged populations are expected to be hit the hardest according to a study done by the Pew Research Center. Structural racism is easy to see: presently, Black workers make up only 9% of those employed in STEM related fields, and only 5% in engineering jobs.