More than 1,000 people from around the University and Ann Arbor came to hear Margot Lee Shetterly, author of “Hidden Figures” speak about the role of African American female engineers at NASA, and the current climate around diversity in engineering fields. Communications & Marketing collaborated with the Center for Engineering Diversity and Outreach and the College’s Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Task Force to create a strategic marketing effort to ensure high participation around the event and the accompanying social media hashtag #IAmNotHidden.
“It was so insightful to hear her talk about why these women have been hidden for so long and to hear her process to start documenting their stories because her “outsider” husband was so amazed about what these women accomplished.. The author, the “insider” who grew up in this culture of smart African American people, thought this was a normal situation in her small world of NASA scientists. It was a real treat to hear her perspective and the inspiration for her book. Please go see this movie. It is eye opening and a very relevant reminder about how all African Americans were treated in the US not so very long ago!” – Facebook comment from Jan E.