Cracking the Code: How to Get Women and Minorities into STEM Disciplines and Why We Must

Cracking the Code

Lisa M. MacLean

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This book will examine the problem of under-represented populations (URPs) in the so-called “STEM” fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, this problem is especially acute in computer science. Who are these underrepresented populations? What creates them? And finally, why should there be concern about URPs in STEM?

This book brings to light the crisis of a dearth of women, especially minority women, in STEM. The text highlights what has combined to create the perfect storm of impending economic stagnation, impoverished populations, diminished innovation, and lack of interest in choosing these fields. The author discusses what must be done to correct this social injustice and stave off losing America’s status one of the leaders in technological innovation and economic opportunity.

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Lisa M. MacLean

Lisa MacLean has been a Computer Science Professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Massachusetts, for over fifteen years. She began programming in high school at the age of fifteen and never looked back. It was a long and arduous journey, and initially in college she felt alone and unsupported and dropped out of Computer Science (CS) like so many other women. Later, at Rhode Island College, a professor noticed she had a flair for technology and encouraged her to change her major to Computer Information Systems (CIS).