Diversity InTechnology – Empowering Marginalized People in Tech Businesses

Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL

Diversity InTechnology – Empowering Marginalized People in Tech Businesses
William Jackson, M.Ed.

Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL
Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL

WordCamp Asheville 2020 was virtual that year, but that did
not dampen its importance of the panel discussing diversity
in technology and technology businesses increasing their
opportunities for marginalized people in new careers.

The panel assembled with national experts that included
Aida Correa of Jacksonville, Florida, (Afro-Latina) a seasoned
speaker in local, national and international technology conferences.
Ms. Correa (now Mrs. Aida Correa-Jackson shared her experiences
as a woman of color, being Afro-Latina and how her presence at
technology conferences inspires Latina, Hispanic, Mexican and
women over 50, women of color.

Aida shares that the growing number of potential homeless
women are women over 50 because they are lacking tech skills
that younger employees come with. Because that are lacking they
can be paid much less.
When women over 50 are let go they are challenged to find new
employment opportunities because of age, cost of insurance for
them and their families and many times the lack of tech skills.
The panel invited Aisha Adams of Equity Over Everything,
Joe A. Simpson, Jr a respected WordCamp organizer, speaker
and community advocate of WordPress and Sarah Benoit,
the moderator of the panel.

Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL
Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL`

WordPress is one of the most affordable and accessible web
development platforms for people interested in diverse fields
of technology. Careers in areas of web development, coding,
graphic design, development, Search Engine Optimization and
other areas are available. The importance of WP is that it’s
steady growth of influencing 40% of web sites around the world.
WordPress is growing in the mission to invite youth, teens and
young adults to participate not just as attendees, but in roles as
speakers, volunteers and even organizers. The participation of
teens and young adults has helped them start their own tech
businesses and entrepreneurial opportunities.

The new opportunities open doors for those of color, culture,
indigenous backgrounds and marginalized communities to have
more opportunities in multiple fields of technology. They are
demanding a seat at the tables of tech companies and changes
in accepting diversity as a natural evolution not as a hindrance.
WordCamps are a real-life showcase of the growing diversity in
the field of tech, people of diverse backgrounds are welcomed,
more work needs to be done to get marginalized and indigenous
people involved in technology and STREAM careers.

Aida Jackson Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL
Aida Jackson Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL

Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Math is an
educational initiative that has long terms influences.
A deeper understanding of what diversity, equity, and inclusion
(DEI) needs to be understood to make transformative change.
There is a growing demand for making technology and STREAM
careers more inclusive and influential. This has to happen to
help increase the diversity of people to enter or create their own
businesses in technology and entrepreneurialism.

There are strategies being created for building steps in making
WordPress, technology, and business communities more
inclusive with diversity of color, culture, gender and generation.
It does not mean just adding more people of color in tech positions
it means putting in place steps to build people of color in more
leadership roles and positions of influence and ability to make
changes in personnel. Technology companies need to look like
the people of this nation, diverse with Black, Brown and the
hues of the life of humanity that makes America great.

Some of the questions asked during the panel are;
Why are diverse voices and experiences critical to the health
of our communities and businesses? What challenges do
underrepresented groups face? How can we ensure lasting
change in our WordPress, technology and home communities?
How can Black and Brown communities get more Internet
access and tech in the hands of youth?

These are pressing questions that can create life changes and
influence relationships in technology businesses. Aida Correa,
Aisha Adams, and Joe Simpson, along with moderator Sarah
Benoit, together represent close to 90 years of combined
experience levels related in business, education and community
engagement. Each are seasoned WordCamp speakers, advocates,
business owners, innovators, thought leaders and more.

These are tough questions in tough times that many corporations
and organizations are struggling with. People of color and culture,
marginalization and indigenous are seeking increased equality
and equitability in tech careers that offers responsibility, leadership,
influence and outreach in communities.

Aida Jackson Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL
Aida Jackson Diversity In Tech Panel at WCAVL

Aida Correa (now Aida Correa-Jackson, a Jacksonville resident
has extensive experiences working with youth, teens and young
adults that cross-multiple cultural backgrounds and ages.
She is part of the WPJax Kids Meetup for WordPress that
integrates STREAM.  She will be speaking at multiple technology
conferences across the States and globally. Aida represents the
beauty and influence of diversity in technology and how this inclusivity
benefits all businesses.

To hear the panel discussion https://lnkd.in/dpVrfku
WordCamp Ashville 2020 – https://asheville.wordcamp.org/2020/  

WCAVL 2020
WCAVL 2020

STEAM Embraces All The Colors of the Rainbow in 2021

STEAM Embraces All The Colors of the Rainbow in 2021
William Jackson, M.Ed. and Professor Aida Jackson
STEAM Educator and WordPress Content Developer
STEM – Science Technology Engineering Math
STEAM – Science Technology Engineering Arts Math
STREAM – Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Math

STEAM and the colors of the rainbow
STEAM and the colors of the rainbow

Just as the very words are dripping with diversity in the learning
process along with innovative thinking, creativity and bonding
the learning process with hands-on learning through project
based application and instruction that embraces the intellectual
and  innovative thinking of students in schools globally.
I’m proud to say that in classrooms like ours, there is a representation
of over 30 global countries. Some countries that are represented
in my classroom: Albania, Brazil, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ghana,
Haiti, Portugal, Syria, Uruguay, Venezuela, and others.

I’m determined to prepare youth, teens and young adults for future
careers that are being birthed by industry, commerce, global
collaborations and the formation of partnerships that build global
organizations and foundations. Further study in the world that we
live on and how we will one day sail through the stars as it is depicted
in Star Trek, Star Wars, Star Gate, Space 1999 and other SciFi shows.

Even though these television and movies showed worlds where
Artificial technologies, Voice technologies, Nano technologies,
Virtual Realties coexist and allow man to move forward in his
evolutionary journeys away from the planet Earth.   There are
still many challenges here on earth that must be faced that our
children will have to address and be prepared with solid
foundational learning.

STEAM and other formats are being used in classrooms across the
nation and around the world. Where students are being taught to
be engineers, where students are being encouraged to think like
Artists, where the Arts are brought into the learning of students.
There are endless possibilities of the need to explore and that it is
ok to be a Blerd (Black Nerd), Geek, Nerd and thinking outside of
the box is expected and celebrated.

Being a STEM / STEAM  teacher in public education is not just
throwing students on the computer, it is a strategic, planned and
coordinated educational process that builds students to learn new
ways to think, rationalize, understand, process information, collaborate
and branding of knowledge.

STEM / STEAM / STREAM educators are facilitators of learning, we are
not lecturers, we are not play education implementers and we are
not gaming avenues of mindless gaming experiences. We prepare
students to be thought leaders.

Student learning is guided by allowing the students to have creative
thought in how to complete projects. They are given the problem,
provided the parameters of the projects and then the teacher is the
facilitator of learning by guiding through the design process.
Applying a one dimensional process into a digital arena that is solved
in a process of multi-dimensional engagement through computers
and finally building the project to complete the tasks necessary.

Allowing students with different learning modalities
and importantly different languages like Spanish to use
their best tools to make something awesomely wonderful
and expand their knowledge and skills to be future
problem solvers. This process prepares students for
the potential of future careers in STEM and STEAM.
To tailor learning for the individual student in an
environment of learning diversity and innovation.

Student that can learn visually have that, students that
learn auditorally have that, students that learn with
more than one sense have that also. It is built into
the fabric of creativity and innovation. 80% of future
careers will demand some level of technology abilities,
vision, implementation, creativity and innovation.

To prepare students to be future thought leaders, even during a global
pandemic must prepare their students to be the problem solvers, the
creatives, the innovators to not just think out of the box, but not to be
constrained by a box at all. Students must be given free reign sometimes
to explore, build, make, tear down, collaborate, cooperate, argue, fuss
and rebuild.

The future is not perfect, it is not defined in a box of instructions,
the future is unpredictable and un-scalable to a point. No
one saw the pandemic coming, not warning, no visions,
no evidence, but it is here and now. How are youth, teens
and young adults in schools being prepared for future events?

Learning in classrooms requires students to think, create,
focus, build, draw, plan, execute, talk, struggle, learn,
challenge their minds and build collaborations.
We (Aida and I) and other educators during the past several
years are building the thought leaders this nation and
the world will need to face the future either in space,
in oceans, in the atmosphere, inside the human body
and ecologically.

Parents, schools, businesses and organization must provide learning
that is supportive and empowering of today’s students. Students
must learn to grow together and prepare together. The future
may have more unexpected globally challenges.

The videos show some of the blending of learning elements
that helps students from all walks of life prepare for the coming
evolution and revolution of digital skills, styles and actions.
First Video Contribution

Celebrating the International Space Station by TLAM Students
https://youtu.be/okUpY0KOE6c
Building animated logos, understand meaning of building Brand
awareness and incorporating technology
https://youtu.be/XvAqrIMMwX8
There is a whole lot of STEAMing going on. The Arts, digital
platforms and other  learning tools to build their digital
skills sets for future career potentials.
A Whole Lot of STEAMing Going On at TLAM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbMFjfFw-ZI

 

Aida and William KidsCampJax2019
Aida and William KidsCampJax2019

Understanding STEM, STEAM and STREAM

Understanding STEM, STEAM and STREAM
William Jackson, M.Ed. STEAM Teacher

Educational resources are very important
to bring attention to students of new
and evolving careers for youth, teens
and young adults.

The world is based on knowledge, creativity,
discovery and intellectual design. As
society embraces the increased integration
of technologies like Voice Technology,
Artificial Intelligence, Virtual Realty
and other forms with robotics.

Youth, teens and young adults need to be
educated, mentored, have role models that
look like them and access to resources that
provide scholarships, internships and new
engaging learning opportunities.

School districts like Duval County Public
Schools are providing unique and empowering
resources to help build digital innovators
to be the leaders and “out of the box”
thinkers that will be needed to solve
challenges that will be faced in the future.
It is hoped you enjoy the videos from students
at TLAM STEAM class with Mr. Jackson.

First Video Contribution
TLAM STEM class celebrating the
International Space Station by
TLAM Students and Mr. Jackson
https://youtu.be/okUpY0KOE6c

Second Video Contribution
Twin Lakes Academy Middle students
building animated logos, understand
meaning of building Brand awareness
and incorporating technology and
STEM, STEAM, STREAM into learning
modules. Incorporating WordPress
strategies into the classroom.
https://youtu.be/XvAqrIMMwX8

Third Video Contribution
There is a whole lot of STEAMing
going on at the STEM lab at Twin
Lakes Academy Middle school in
Jacksonville, Florida.
Students are using resources, tools,
The Arts, digital platforms and other
learning tools to build their digital
skills sets for future career potentials.
A Whole Lot of STEAMing Going On at TLAM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QbMFjfFw-ZI

The Influence of African American and Afro-Latino Bloggers

William Jackson and Aida Correa

The Influence of African American and Afro-Latino Bloggers
William Jackson, M.Ed.

WordCamp with William and Aida
WordCamp with William and Aida

Black, Brown, African American, Afro-Latino/Latina content
creators should always consider the influences of the content
they create. They should never allow others to demean and
devalue their ability to create powerful and authentic content.
There are numerous content creators like Aida Correa-Jackson
born and raised in Brooklyn, New York and business owner of
LoveBuilt Life, LLC https://lovebuiiltlife.com/ now living and
active in Jacksonville, Florida.

Showing that in Northeast, Florida technology businesses that
are run by Afro-Latina women are influential and create changes
in the narratives that women can be successful in multiple levels
of digital technologies.
William Jackson born and raised in Philadelphia, Pa, owner of
My Quest to Teach https://myquesttoteach.com/
educator of 33 years and community servant since moving to
Jacksonville, Florida by way of Philadelphia and Palatka, Florida
teaches students in the local public school district that students
digital content matters and has long reaching benefits in life.
Residing in Jacksonville, Florida they, and others represent the
influence of the diversity of color and culture as technology has
taken hold of how people view, read, listen, create, comprehend
and apply information.

William and Aida are considered as  “Silver Surfer Bloggers,”
a term of respect and admiration because of their accomplishments
and achievements over decades of work that shows that Black,
Brown, African American and Afro-Latino people needed to get
their technologies houses in order and prepared for the future.
Both are over 50 and proud of their Jacksonville community, they
have seen changes in the direction of  technology engagement for
youth, teens and young adults. Their contributions of free tech
workshops with the Jacksonville Public Library, partnerships with
The Microsoft Store, selected at Connect Ford Bloggers,  volunteering
and organizing with WordCamp and KidsCamp conferences locally
with WordCamp Jacksonville
https://jacksonville.wordcamp.org/2020/ 

Ford Bloggers William and Aida
Ford Bloggers William and Aida

William and Aida have traveled  nationally and internationally to
share with  youth, teens and young adults that their digital
content is important and influential.
They and many others, represent the beauty of diversity, generational
growth and digital influence of  Afro-Latina and African American
couples to be volunteers, speakers, teachers, organizers and
advocates for WordCamp and other technology conferences like
the Florida Blogging and Technology Conference and EdCamp
Conferences that cater specifically to teachers.
FlBlogCon – https://floridablogcon.com/
EdCamp – https://digitalpromise.org/edcamp/

Aida and William encourage all families of color and culture to
attend, participate, engage, advocate and even sponsor others
to attend tech conferences locally, nationally and when safe
internationally. Their passion is to share the educational and
economic empowerment for families of culture, diversity, gender
and the welcoming and embracing of inclusion
in gender and generation.
In order for families of culture and color to grow out of economic
challenges the integration of technology should be a priority. The
use of technology is not just playing games, it is not just playing
on social media, it is not seeing how many friends our views
can obtain, it is about content that is influential and generates
revenue.

Diversity of Ford VIP Bloggers
Diversity of Ford VIP Bloggers

Black, Brown, African American, Afro-Latina/Latino should be
moving from being consumers of tech to producers, innovators,
creators and developers. Education is key to growth and elevation.
Black, Brown and Latina/Latino parents need to have a vision of
the future for their children. Not a single vision of success in
sports and entertainment, but a vision of allowing education,
sports and even entertainment to collaborate and encourage
youth to rise above and dominate careers of technology.
There is room at the digital table for people of color and culture
to start their own companies and hire others of color and culture
to manage  and embrace new levels of intellectual growth.
Children of color have unlimited opportunties to learn, grow and
even advance in areas of STREAM.
Science Technology Reading Engineering Arts Mathematics

Being involved in WordCamp conferences since 2011 for William,
his first WordCamp was WC Orlando 2011 and Aida first WordCamp
was WC Miami 2018. Quickly growing in their volunteerism and
advocacy in attendance for people of color and culture. Encouraging
students attending HBCU – Historically Black Colleges and Universities
across the nation.
What better way to show the empowerment in education, economics,
financial growth to HBCU students and to families of color. Attending
WordCamp conferences and even the Florida Blogging and Technology
Conference in Orlando, Florida held at Full Sail University.

Afro Latina
Afro Latina Blogger

William, professional educator and Aida, author and artist,
both attend EdCamp Educational conferences held nationally.
Encouraging teachers to look digitally for resources to help modify
their teaching to bring tech into the classroom to build digital
skill-sets, grow digital comprehension and address multiple
learning styles of students.
Sharing their knowledge, skills and understanding  of how
teachers can learn from other to better educate Black,
Brown and Latina children.

Puerto Rico Proud
Puerto Rico Proud

William and Aida have had the honor to be Organizers of several
KidsCamp conferences that are held with WordCamp where
STREAM is integrated across the board learning and engagement
by youth, teens and young adults. The age range is from 7 years
to 14 years and adaptable to the maturity of the kids and
youth attending.
As representatives of diversity they work hard to educate youth
that they have great potential to be excellent and influential.
Both are educators and advocates of STEAM integration to
teach youth, teens and young adults the value, empowerment
and engagement of STEAM and Web Development
especially to youth, teens and young adults of color
and culture.

KidsCamp San Jose in Costa Rica, Central America,
KidsCamp in Alberta, Calgary, Canada, KidsCamp, Central America
and even  a few places in Africa in international conferences.
Representation Matters from a national and
international perspective.

KidsCamp Miami 2020
KidsCamp Miami 2020
WordCampCR KidsCamp 2018
WordCampCR KidsCamp 2018

 

WordCampCR in Costa Rica 2019
WordCampCR in Costa Rica 2019

 

KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019
KidsCamp Jacksonville 2019

 

WordCampYYC 2018
WordCampYYC 2018 KidsCamp

 

Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando 2018
Aida and William teaching KidsCamp Orlando 2018

Building community partnerships that encourage
growth and development to the youth, teens and
young adults in Jacksonville, Fl. Their content can
be seen at  their WordCamp and Kids Camp
adventures can be followed on WordPress TV

To hear them speak access WordPressTV
Aida Correa – https://wordpress.tv/?s=aida+correa
William Jackson – https://wordpress.tv/?s=William+Jackson

So immersed in the education of children in their community
and as SciFi enthusiasts,  taking the quote from the television
program Deep Space 9 the importance that youth, teens and
young adults need to understand for their grow with technology.
William states that “to many youth, teens and young adults do
not understand the unknown value of their existence”
Sisco – Deep Space 9 the Captain of SP9  is prolific in his resolve
to bring peace and unity to the space station.

William and Aida are resolute in helping youth, teens and young
adults to be engaged in any area of tech that  helps them to grow
out of poverty, disenfranchisement, lack of educational access and
powerfully the lack of dreams for a better life.

Being Black, Brown and Afro-Latina/Latino should be a benefit
not a curse when building content creators of diversity, inclusivity
unity and community influence.
Their web sites can be accessible by either voice or traditional
text.

Create My Voice - Chip Edwards
Create My Voice – Chip Edwards

William – My Quest To Teach – https://myquesttoteach.com/
“Alexa run my quest to teach”
“Google, Talk to My Quest to Teach”
Aida – LoveBuilt Life, LLC – https://lovebuiltlife.com/
“Alexa run love built life”
“Google Talk to Love Built Life”