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“Black Made That” – Screening & Panel
February 17, 2018 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
How do we close the diversity gap in tech, and build a stronger STEM pipeline?
We need to work with students at the ground level, and provide programs that build skills and experience. We also need to utilize relevant media to expose underrepresented students to successful people of color in STEAM fields to inspire them to be the next engineers, scientists, and designers. This screening and panel discussion features a confluence of both approaches.
“Black Made That” is a newly released anthem about Black Inventors featuring more than 400 students from MA to CA. “Black Made That” writer/performer Griot B and the video’s director, Ben Gilbarg will be panelists along with Randy Riggins, Adobe Project 1324 Engineering Manager, and Maira Benjamin, Director of Engineering at Pandora Radio. The panel will be moderated by Dr. Jennifer R. Cohen, site director of The Level Playing Field Institute’s SMASH Berkeley program.
Event will feature a live performance by Griot B, creator of ‘OurStory’ the first ever Black History album. The newest #STEAMtheStreets video profile featuring Randy Riggins of Adobe will also debut.