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.”