D.C. diversity summit explores student interest in tech field

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Leaders in education, government and business welcomed scores of students Wednesday to the second annual Diversity in Tech Summit at Howard University Middle School of Mathematics and Science.

Sponsored by the Congressional Bipartisan Historically Black Colleges and Universities Caucus, the summit aims to cultivate students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The event also showcases Howard University’s unique relationship to STEM interests as one of many historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) throughout the country.

“We know two things: first, tech jobs are the jobs of the future and two, HBCUs are key to diversifying the tech industry,” D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said during a press conference kicking off the summit. “We do want to establish and make a claim for our niche in tech, and we know that our niche in tech is supporting underrepresented communities.”

Middle school students had the opportunity to meet with representatives from tech firms such as Apple, Intel, Spotify and Bank of America, who introduced the schoolchildren to the latest technology and discussed the importance of diversity in tech industries. (read more)

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