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San Diego non-profit works to increase diversity in STEM

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Posted at 8:23 PM, Jan 13, 2022
and last updated 2022-01-16 11:54:46-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Increasing diversity in science, technology, engineering, and math-driven companies is San Diego Squared's mission.

"We do that through partnerships first, as well as programs and financial support for high school and college students and educators," H. Puentes, co-founder and board member executive director of SD2, said.

He said what sets them apart is the human connections they make possible, linking students with industry mentors," Puentes said. "That looks like them, shares that lived experience and really can be somebody they can connect to in a real human way."

The Fellows Program is a perfect example of that. Local high school students get unique access to real businesses and staff.

Puentes said it's a hands-on learning experience that has already proven successful, giving students a better understanding of what they might want to pursue and someone to help them along the way.

He says increasing diversity in STEM not only makes companies more reflective of the communities they serve, but studies also show diverse businesses perform better.

"If you wanna see your business succeed and grow, you want to care about diversity and inclusion," he said.

For more information visit sd2.org.