We want things to work differently in STEM communities where current power dynamics keep too many in the margins and a homogenous few in the spotlight. So, we are creating spaces for the next generation of STEM professionals that are built on our values. These guiding values come from our firmly held belief that if all members of STEM communities could express their authentic selves in the classroom, lab, or boardroom, we would all be better for it.
STEM is exacting (ask any organic chemistry student), but it is also a profoundly human enterprise, and as such, it is not immune from the ills of society. Racism, sexism, and ableism are among the many -isms that, at best, ignore and, at worst, kill the most marginalized of us. Centering people, specifically those who have been historically excluded from STEM, is imperative because our humanity will take us further than our objectivity can.
We believe that of all the incredible accomplishments that come from science, technology, engineering, and math, the best are yet to come. STEM’s greatest breakthrough will come when no student needs an advocate like us, when inclusion and equity are built into the model.
To get there, we must increase representation and remove barriers to access so that far more students can see both where they want to go and how to get there. For our part, we will continue to be a platform for the voices left out of the conversation and a resource for students who long to see themselves, be themselves in STEM communities. Join us in building STEM spaces where all can flourish.