According to data from the National Science Foundation, the number of science, math and engineering bachelor’s degrees awarded to Black men increased from 12,857 in 2002 to 18,601 in 2012, and the number of Black men who earn science and engineering doctorates grew by more than 20 percent in 10 years.
Although the number of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) degrees have increased, Black men are one of the only minority groups not making progress, with only 3 percent of Black men working as scientists and engineers.
There has been an effort to attract more Black men to STEM. One organization, All Star Code, aims to increase the number of Black men in the technology industry by preparing them for full-time employment by providing mentorship, industry exposure and intensive training in computer science. “While I discovered a number of programs that addressed the lack of women in the industry, I did not find a sufficient number of resources for young men of color,” All Star Code founder Christina Lewis Halpern stated on the All Star Code website.
According to All Star Code, African-Americans make up less than 1 percent of startup founding teams. Three young Black men – all of whom have founded their startups – discuss diversity in STEM. Click “NEXT”