In K-12 education, girls are less likely to take engineering and computer science classes. In higher education, more disparities emerge especially for women of color, according to the non-profit National Girls Collaborative Project. Citing data from the National Science Board, that group points out that in the professional workforce, women make up just 11% of physicists and astronomers; 10% of electrical or computer hardware engineers, and 8% of mechanical engineers.
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Virginia educators gathered in Richmond for the first “Teachers of Color” summit. Organized by the Virginia Education Association (VEA), the event featured National Teacher of the Year Jahana Hayes and Virginia Teacher of the Year Dr. Toney McNair, Jr., the first black male to receive the recognition. One of the goals of the gathering was to discuss strategies to recruit and retain a more diverse staff to benefit all students. The summit also marked the 50th anniversary of the merger between the VEA and the predominately black Virginia Teachers Association.
This Fall, students begin classes at a new public regional high school. CodeRVA’s focus is computer science and aims to increase diversity in STEM-related fields. The school start with 100 students and add 100 each year until reaching a capacity of 400. It will serve students from 12 area school districts: Chesterfield, Colonial Heights City, Dinwiddie, Hanover, Henrico, Hopewell City, New Kent, Powhatan, Prince George and Sussex, in addition to Richmond and Petersburg.