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Diversity in STEM
In 2009, President Obama launched the Educate to Innovate Initiative to bolster American students’ competitiveness in STEM in the global landscape. One of the four key priorities under this initiative is to broaden participation to inspire a more diverse STEM talent pool. In this Tweet Chat, we’ll explore this timely and highly relevant topic of diversity in STEM – a conversation that is well-deserved and gaining broader momentum. Join us on Twitter at 2:00pm ET on April 21st for this important discussion.


Tweet Chat Hashtag:
#diverseSTEM

 

Who:

@STEMSolutions will moderate a panel of experts, including:

Where:

On Twitter and you can follow along on TweetChat.

When:

2:00 p.m. ET on April 21st

 

Tweet Chat Tips:

DOs:

Use the hashtag. Use the hashtag. Use the hashtag. Er so, in other words, remember to use the hashtag in every tweet. That way, people following the tweet chat in tweetchat.com or equivalent will see your contribution to the conversation. No hashtag=no visibility in the tweet chat. Simple as that.

Debate – don’t argue. Do feel free to disagree and engage in robust debate! On the other hand, don’t turn it into an argument or slanging match.

Respect the topic. Tweeps have come together to discuss a particular topic, so keep your contribution relevant. Questions and comments are encouraged, but please don’t try to derail the focus of the chat. If the question surrounds a topic you’re unsure of, maybe read up a little in advance so you can get something out of it. If unsure, consider contacting the tweet chat organizer in advance for guidance.

Indicate what question you are responding to by starting your tweet with “A1, A2, A3, etc.” and questions will be asked in “Q1, Q2, Q3” format. You could also respond by “replying” the moderator’s question so the conversation is threaded.

DON’Ts:

Don’t sell if users aren’t asking. You can promote free trials or discuss solutions if appropriate but make sure people see you as a product expert, not a salesman.

Don’t be long winded. Twitter is a great exercise in being to the point and concise. If your message goes beyond 140 characters, you could type “1 of 2” at the end of your post and then “2 of 2” in your next tweet but this is not recommended.

Don’t be afraid to make things interesting. It’s a discussion so it makes sense to present both sides of an issue but do be careful of what you say and how it represents you.