On Thursday, August 18th at 7pm EST, The Dinner Table held a very special twitter chat about the lack of media representations for women of color in STEM.
Since the Dinner Table Doc is all about creating safe spaces for women of color to share their truth, we thought it was only right to facilitate a conversation that will help heighten the visibility of women of color working in STEM fields.
Our chat was moderated by Ms. Afua Bruce, the Executive Director, National Science and Technology Council at White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.
Ms. Bruce gave such great insight on her personal decision to work in STEM as well as the different ways the White House is working to advance visibility for women working in the area. For information our additional guest, please see their bio's below.
Guest Number One:
Known by the brands and audiences that love her as Noreen “The Science Queen”, Noreen Raines is a distinguished scientist, educator, and entrepreneur. Noreen is most passionate about being a part of the STEM solution and balancing out the inequality within STEM fields. After earning her B.A. in Chemistry from Agnes Scott College, Noreen embarked on a mission to encourage more girls and women to pursue science and STEM careers and to support the STEM professionals and entrepreneurs paving the way for them. Noreen is the author of Nerdy Jobs: 50 Careers in Science and Technology that Make It Cool to Be Smart (2015) and the founder of the STEM enrichment program Big Thinkers Science Exploration and The Beauty and Brains Network, a platform for female professionals in STEM careers that provides professional development, personal branding, and entrepreneurship support. Noreen’s passion for science has landed her expertise on CNN Headline News, VH1, Fox 5 Atlanta, and CBS, and many other media outlets. In 2014 Noreen was honored with the distinction as Mom Entrepreneur of the Year by the Unstoppable Woman Awards. When not encouraging other scientists and entrepreneurs to think big, this busy mom-preneur continually fosters her own curiosity of life and learning with her four young children affectionately known as “The Raindrops”. Known for her dynamic on-stage presentations and status as an engaging entertainer and STEM advocate, Noreen seeks to educate, uplift and inspire the world through the power of science one keynote, book, and coaching session at a time!
Guest Number Two:
Camille Eddy is currently in her senior year studying Mechanical Engineering at Boise State University leading an active lifestyle of student leadership.
After taking an interest in space science she led several programs involved in research in space, including the NASA Microgravity Undergraduate Research program during her second year, where she worked closely with former astronaut Barbara Morgan. Also in her second year, she received the honor of introducing President Obama to her school for a speech he gave after the State of the Union address.
Other program participation included the Space Broncos, who accomplished a downlink with International Space Station and then later, a research grant from the Miles Undergraduate Research Initiative where she studied Augmented Reality. At the end of her second year she accepted an internship at HP and began developing robotics in the Robot Development Lab. She then advanced to an internship this summer at HP Inc’s headquarters in Palo Alto, California as a Machine Learning Intern building a new generation of smart robotics.
Camille has continued to spark the conversation about diversity at her school and in the community through writing and social media as well as supporting her friends and other student groups at Boise State.
Read The Conversation, Here: