Tuesday, September 28, 2010

The BDPA Insider

The BDPA Insider – September 26, 2010

The BDPA Insider – September 26, 2010
What better way to start the day than with your weekly message from BDPA!

In this issue:

3 Social Networks for African American Engineers

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by Kai Dupé
I am always amazed when people gleefully proclaim that they are computer illiterate. Some even wear it as a badge of honor. The minute you asked them if they know how to do something remotely related to technology they quickly announce: “Oh you know I don’t know anything about computers” or "When it comes to computers I am TOTALLY ILLITERATE!"

Usually they are wearing a big bright smile and not giving any indication that they are ashamed or embarrassed by their lack of technical understanding. This needs to change.  Particularly in the African American community.  This is not something to brag about.  So let us stop it.  

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by Cliff Samuels Jr
http://i.ixnp.com/images/v6.46/t.gifI'm a huge advocate of Web 2.0 in general, and social networking in particular. Here are my favorite networks for education that targets technology literacy.

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by Cliff Samuels Jr
Thought for the Day
September 21, 2010


Success always involves risk. You must take a chance by investing your time, money, and effort. It pays to be thoughtful and deliberate in your analyses of opportunities, but don’t let timidity hold you back. Because you have worked hard to develop those things you must risk, it is natural for you to place a high value on them. But what use are they if you do not put them to use? You will recognize opportunity only to the extent that you are willing to consider risking your time, money, and effort. Being confident gives you the courage to face risk and act when opportunity arises. No one on earth is going to force success upon you; you will find it only to the degree that you actively seek it out.

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by Kai Dupé
One of the findings of recent research studying the problems of why African Americans are under represented in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields is that African Americans are not the beneficiaries are support communities that help to deal with the challenges of pursuing careers in technology.

Recent research indicates that “social networks are ubiquitous among the middle classes, and provide vital paths to privilege and opportunity for them, students of color typically experience the opposite –that is, the ubiquity of network barriers and entrapments along with the resulting absence of an informed, active network is limiting, to say the least“ (Margolis, 2008, p.92).

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BDPA has 45 chapters around the nation. You can always find programs, services or networking activity here or here. BDPA supports your efforts for career advancement in the IT industry. Our hope is that you will continue to support Our Cause!

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With today's economic uncertainty, relationships and the potential doors they open are more important than ever. So it's a wise investment to put time and energy into expanding their reach. And that means networking.

Contrary to a common perception, good networking isn't about who can help you and how. In fact, it's not about you at all. It's about the people you meet. The most amazing networkers I know constantly keep this one question in mind:

"How can I help you?"

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