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Achieving Diversity in the Workplace

Achieving Diversity in the Workplace

Diversity is a potent agent of growth and change in nearly any field. Achieving diversity, however, is no simple undertaking; we must, as Secretary Clinton articulated in a commencement speech at the University of Pennsylvania, "find a way to celebrate our diversity and debate our differences without fracturing our communities." How, then, to increase the diversity of particular professions and field? Where to begin?

At the beginning - in schools. This article from Tuesday's Washington Post reports on efforts to expose students at an all-girls high school to the excitement of engineering.

There are many reasons why employees in engineering and math-related fields are disproportionately men, but the solution '"is about taking risks and getting them [young women] over the anxiety of always having to be right all the time."' It's about attacking the insidious influence of outdated and sexist stereotypes, not just of women but of men as well. It's about introducing girls to concrete and physical problem-solving at a young age and about empowering young women to be stalwart and confident in their abilities and passions.

It's about inspiring these expressions as a classroom-made popsicle stick bridge explodes under pressure during testing:

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(Image from the Washington Post)

Published: 1/07/2010

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