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More Than 1,100 Enjoy 12th Annual Black Family Technology
Awareness Day
Black Family Technolgy Awareness Day
Black Family Technolgy Awareness Day
Black Family Technolgy Awareness Day
More than 1,100 area students and their families visited Rensselaer to participate in the 12th annual Black Family Technology Awareness Day event Feb. 6. The event, designed to spur young people’s interest in pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, (STEM) and the arts, was hosted by Rensselaer’s Office of Institute Diversity and the Office of Academic Outreach Programs. The event was part of a nationally celebrated week of the same name.

“We need to prepare today’s students for the 21st century economy with a technological focus in mind,” said Stan Dunn, vice provost and dean of graduate education. “Effectively using technology is important for full participation in America’s economic, political, and social life. The event provides students of all ages, particularly minorities who are underrepresented in the fields, with the programs and mentoring opportunities that will inspire them to pursue careers in science and technology.”

Kenneth Washington, vice president and chief privacy leader of Lockheed Martin Corporation, delivered the keynote address titled “How at Lockheed Martin.” During his remarks, Washington highlighted the importance of pursuing careers in the STEM fields, and their application to global security problems.

“Our future security and prosperity largely rests on a growing demand for science and technology talent. It’s vitally important we focus on steering more youth toward STEM careers and equipping them with the skills to be successful,” said Washington. “I’m excited to be a part of this event and hope that I can show these students how exciting and rewarding a STEM career can be.”

More than 100 staff and alumni volunteers assisted with the event. Additional support was provided by more than 60 area companies and organizations.
For information about Black Family Technology Awareness Day event, and to view the program, visit www.rpi.edu/dept/diversity/bftad/index.html.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 4, Number 3, February 19, 2010
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