Listen, we all love emojis, especially here at Betabeat (well, most of the time). But one thing that’s always irked us is the distinct lack of diversity in the emoji catalogue. There are at least 30 emojis that depict white people, but there’s nary a black person to be found. There’s one apparently Asian man, plus a darker-skinned guy in a turban.
Nicole Allen is consultant at Brooklyn-based Wireless Generation, an education technology innovator. She’s worked in the private and public sectors and she is also a co-founder of Tiffany Allen Reed Scholarship Foundation, a North Carolina foundation focused on helping young women overcome financial barriers to college.
By the time I entered high school in Greensboro, North Carolina in the late nineties, I was already being encouraged to do more with the math and science potential I’d shown in middle school. I was directed into a specialized public school focused on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education, a far less common option for girls not that many years before.
Yet, even while I was being steered toward a “tech” future, and ostensibly breaking boundaries, I still had no idea what that future could look like, or where to turn to find out. This could be true for any young student with math and science talent, but for a young woman of color there were few mentors and even fewer role models. And this has not significantly changed. Read More