‘Uncovering Hidden Pathways’ focuses on future minority youth in STEM

By Bengisu Incetas 

Jaleesa Trapp, a University of Wash­ington graduate, hosted “Uncovering Hidden Pathways” at UW Tacoma on Jan. 28 from 4–5 p.m., which discussed anti-racist approaches for engaging in marginalized groups within STEM—standing for science, technology, engi­neering and math.

Trapp is an educator, activist, and researcher at the Massachusetts Institu­tion of Technology Media Lab, and also works with Girls Who Code, Tacoma Action Collective and the Tacoma Club­house. Trapp discussion focused on how vital it is for non-dominant youth to have access to STEM, and how the word “non-dominant” directly ad­dressed power structures.

“When we talk about racism, we’re talking about a power structure,” Trapp said. "When we’re talking underserved, we’re talking about power structure. Marginalized, a power structure. When I use non-dominant, that’s what I’m talking about.”

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