In business terms, POC is short for “proof of concept,” but in the context of We Rep STEM, it is most often referring to “people (or person) of colour”.

It is commonly used to describe any person who is not considered white and is sometimes used alongside “men of colour” (MOC), “women of colour” (WOC), or “Black, Indigenous, people of colour” (BIPOC).

There is some debate around the term and its usefulness. Some have argued the term simply lumps people into two groups: white and non-white, with little consideration given to racial diversity.