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Tuesday, September 13, 2011
The Atlanta Post, 9/13/2011 (Kai Dupé)
Why Technology Networks Are Critical for African Americans. The lack of support networks has been identified as a critical aspect to involving more African Americans in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). While I agree that this is very important, I do not agree that African Americans lack technology support groups. I assert that the problem is that the African American community at large is not aware of the networks that do exist.
There are three that I have worked with over the years. I am sure there are others and I am even more certain that most of our people, particularly our young people are not aware of these groups. I know this because I do quite a bit of public speaking around the country. When I ask students if they are familiar with The Black Data Processing Associates (BDPA),BiTWiSE, or Blacks In Technology the answer is invariably no.