Challenging Technical Privilege Oct. 3

October 1, 2014

Silent Technical Privilege

Challenging Technical Privilege: How Race and Gender Matter will be on Friday, October 3 from 12-2 PM in W20-307 (Mezzanine Lounge). Silent Technical Privilege occurs when those who “look the part,” or conform to society’s stereotype of what a tech-savvy, number-crunching programmer or engineer looks like, receive the benefit of the doubt or implicit endorsement in technical settings. The flipside of Silent Technical Privilege is Stereotype Threat, and other hidden obstacles that those who do not fit the profile often experience in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education or technical careers. Women, particularly women of color, have been largely marginalized and underrepresented in STEM. This interactive symposium will ask how Technical Privilege, Stereotype Threat and other forms of Implicit Bias contribute to this underrepresentation. We aim to highlight, elaborate, and develop strategies to address these issues. Register here.

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