A national collaborative to advocate for women of color in STEM pathways is coming to Hawaiʻi this month. The annual Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship conference is scheduled March 18 to 20 on Hawaiʻi Island. Registration is available online.

The event is for entrepreneurs, academics, educators, venture capitalists, investors, college and graduate students, male allies, nonprofit leaders and others who are interested in addressing race, gender and ethnic disparities in computing.

The goal of the event this year is to plan a 10-year map to create a more equitable system for underrepresented girls and women of color in STEM fields. Attendees will get a chance to collaborate with local girls to learn about cultural barriers, culturally inclusive practices to support minority women in computing, and how to foster cross-disciplinary coaltions to affect change. Young women attending the event will be able to connect with mentors, find inspiration and networking opportunities.

The guest speakers will include: Kaʻiulani Murphy, Hōkūleʻa crewmember and UH Mānoa instructor; Kaʻiu Kimura, executive director of ‘Imiloa Astronomy Center; Laurie Rousseau-Nepton, resident astronomer at Canada-France-Hawaiʻi Telescope; Ko‘olaupoko (Kiana Frank), a microorganisms scientist; and Brenda Darden Wilkerson, president and CEO of AnitaB.org.

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