Niasia Williams is incredibly passionate about STEM, specifically within the Black community.

Perhaps that is no surprise if you know the 24-year-old’s resume. Currently, Williams is the National Chair of the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), the largest student-governed organization for Black students and professionals in STEM. She’s a practicing engineer at Pratt and Whitney, an aerospace manufacturer in East Hartford, Conn.

But, for Williams, STEM is more than just working in the fields of science, technology, engineering or math. Most important for her is STEM education—or, as she puts it, STEM literacy.

“The next economy is going to be based off of technology. We know that. We see more jobs are opening up, and we see it in the globalization of our economy and many other countries. And, again, that’s all driven by technology,” Williams explained to ESSENCE.

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