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Czarina Salido and Taking Up Space #NativeAmericanHeritageMonth #NAHM #AmericanIndianandAlaskaNativeHeritageMonth
Growing up in Tuscon, Czarina Salido had an interest in math and science but did not receive the same support and encouragement as other kids in her community. Wanting to make a change, Salida founded Taking Up Space, a non-profit encouraging Native American girls to pursue their interests in STEM.
Girls and women are systematically tracked away from math and science throughout their educations. According to the United States Census Bureau, women are nearly half the U.S workforce but only 27% work in STEM. Of this percentage women of color compromise about 5%. According to the National Science Foundation, only 0.1% of scientists and engineers are Native American women. Moreover, men vastly outnumber women majoring in most STEM fields in college. Why is this significant? STEM fields have some of the highest-paid and fasted-growing jobs of the future, like computer science and engineering. Taking Up Space was created to give Native American girls the skills and confidence to succeed in STEM.
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