Sunday, March 4, 2018

This is why diversity in STEM science matters

If I say, environmentalist or environmental scientist, what comes to mind? Likely a white guy, either young and scruffy, or middle-aged and studious. Not a woman, not Latino, not Black, not East Indian or Asian, not even Native American. Don’t feel too bad; we’ve all internalized some stereotypes, even if we need to push against them.

To some degree, this stereotype comes from the roots of the environmental movement with a lot of White middle class people. But it’s changing and we need to increase diversity to get better results. This story is a great example, a Latino who quickly nailed the reason for anomalies in data about asthma in Latin populations. Being a geneticist and knowing his cultural heritage put the pieces together.

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