Diversity in STEM matters significantly and on so many levels. African-American men face unique challenges, and Georgia Tech is hosting two events in Washington, D.C., on May 5 to discuss how to attract this group to STEM. Gary May, dean of the College of Engineering, explains that when capable students’ talents go undeveloped, this represents a loss for both the individual and society.
As a nation, we need to engage students of all genders, colors and backgrounds to increase our technological IQ and create a more robust economy. As a society, we can ill-afford the social consequences of economic disenfranchisement.