Diversity in Tech Matters
The significance of STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education cannot be overly emphasized. Despite the fact that Black, Hispanic, and American Indian or Alaska Native students are earning STEM degrees, they are still not represented in the STEM workforce, relative to their overall presence in the workforce and population.
As an ardent STEM advocate, Dr. Bright uses her platform and work to advance diversity and inclusion in STEM through local and national initiatives. In 2017, she created the AMIA First Look program to provide undergraduate women, with emphasis on persons traditionally excluded because of their race or ethnicity (PEERs) an opportunity to learn about informatics and data science by attending the Annual AMIA symposium. Cultivating a diverse and inclusive workforce is critical for the biomedical informatics and data science profession, both from a perspective of fairness and equity and to avoid technology that fails to address concerns of significant portions of the population or that introduces unintentional biases and harm.
Contact Dr. Bright for availability regarding career panels, presentations, and workshops.