Creating an inclusive STEM culture

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IGNITE presentation: Exploring the problem of the under-representation of girls and women in STEM and encouraging changing STEM culture to be more inclusive. Presented at CESImeet at #cesi40 (Galway, Ireland)

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  • STEM asks WHY and HOW...
  • “Deficit view” of girls and women, encouraged to adapt and fit into SET “as is”.
  • Sci + Tech incorporates stereotypically masculine Values & Practices, because of its history, practitioners and locations.White, Western cultures: technical competence consitutes an integral part of stereotypical masculine identityWhite, Western cultures: lack of technical competence constitutes an integral part of stereotypical feminine identityStereotypes of Masculinity = Stereotypes of Engineering/Scientist, e.g. logical, abstract, non-emotional, independent, competitiveGirls/Women may experience conflict between Feminine gender identity & Masculine culture of STEMThus, girls actively resist for valid reasons, rather than having misconceptions.
  • Sci + Tech incorporates stereotypically masculine Values & Practices, because of its history, practitioners and locations.White, Western cultures: technical competence consitutes an integral part of stereotypical masculine identityWhite, Western cultures: lack of technical competence constitutes an integral part of stereotypical feminine identityStereotypes of Masculinity = Stereotypes of Engineering/Scientist, e.g. logical, abstract, non-emotional, independent, competitiveGirls/Women may experience conflict between Feminine gender identity & Masculine culture of STEMThus, girls actively resist for valid reasons, rather than having misconceptions.
  • Change STEM culture to be more inclusive, of all people.
  • Creating an inclusive STEM culture

    1. 1. STEM #ITwomen #ITgirlsCatherine Cronin • @catherinecronin • #CESImeet • 22/02/13
    2. 2. STEM“...a pathway to be curious, to create, to think and figure things out.” – Ainissa Ramirez
    3. 3. STEM15% women
    4. 4. persistent & progressiveunder-representation of women in STEM
    5. 5. STEM
    6. 6. STEM
    7. 7. STEM informationmedia campaigns role models mentoring
    8. 8. after 30+ years... 15%women in STEM
    9. 9. STEM ? informationmedia campaigns role models mentoring
    10. 10. Science & technology socially constructed, not neutral STEM informationmedia campaigns role models mentoring
    11. 11. Science & technology socially constructed, not neutral STEM informationmedia campaigns role models mentoring
    12. 12. STEM informationmedia campaigns change STEM culture role models to be more inclusive mentoring
    13. 13. Coder Dojo Girls Sunday, March 3rd 4 – 5pm GMT G+ Hangout “going beyond traditional tech gender stereotypes”
    14. 14. Carrie Anne Philbin @missphilbin @GeekGurlDiarieswww.geekgurldiaries.co.uk Kim Wilkins @kimxtom @TeenTechGirl www.teentechgirls.org
    15. 15. #ITwomen Twitter listhttps://twitter.com/catherinecronin/itwomen/members
    16. 16. STEM creating aninclusive culture
    17. 17. culture is us. our beliefs, our storiesSTEM culture is us. STEM teachers, students, lecturers, researchers, scientists, engineers, IT geeks, Coder Dojo mentors
    18. 18. We make culture. We can change culture.Let’s change STEM culture to be more inclusive for the benefit of all.
    19. 19. Thank you! Catherine Cronin @catherinecronin slideshare.net/cicronin about.me/catherinecroninCC BY-NC-SA 2.0 catherinecronin

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