About the NSTMF

OUR MISSION & VISION

Our mission is to build inclusive STEM communities across the United States. Fundamental to these communities are the significant, inspirational connections we foster between the individuals who have received national recognition for excellence in STEM and today’s diverse generation of college and high school students. Together they will pave the way for a more equitable future in science and technology.

Our vision is to be a driving force in creating a world in which the diversity of the American society is reflected in the recipients of all prestigious STEM honors, including future Laureate classes of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.

 

THE CHALLENGE

We envision a world in which the diversity of the American society is reflected in the recipients of all prestigious STEM honors, including future Laureate classes of the National Medal of Science and the National Medal of Technology and Innovation. Before we see a new class of Laureates that represents both the highest levels of science and technology and reflects our diverse society, we must build a STEM ecosystem that supports all who wish to endeavor there. To make that dream a reality, we must turn our gaze to one of the most vulnerable parts of the STEM pipeline: an undergraduate’s journey from enrollment to graduation with a STEM degree. The high attrition rate of first-year STEM students, especially those from underrepresented groups, perpetuates a representation problem in collegiate and post-collegiate communities. We believe that intervention at this point in a student’s journey is critical. Any young person who dreams of being a scientist or inventor should receive the education, mentoring, and inspiration to help that dream bear fruit.

OUR ROLE

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.

OUR VALUES

> Driving towards equity in our workplace and the communities we serve

> Empowering all individuals to pursue the best version of themselves

> Embracing holistic wellness as the paradigm for success

> Breaking down barriers to access wherever we can

> Giving respect and gratitude to those helping us on our way

MEET THE TEAM
Staff
Andy Rathmann-NoonanPresident
LC CharityChief of Staff
Allison CourtinSenior Director of Strategy and Communications
Kate BiddleSenior Development Associate
Joanna ChouProgram Associate
Michelle AffluCommunications Associate
Board Leadership
James L. RathmannChair
Monique DorsainvilVice Chair
Vinton G. CerfTreasurerNational Medal of Technology 1997
Megan RobertSecretary
Board Members
Afua Bruce
Todd Elmer
Robin Rathmann-Noonan
Smita Satiani
Emeritus Board Members
Gordon BellNational Medal of Technology 1990
Richard Elkus Jr.
David Fischhoff
Ted W. Love
Gordon E. MooreNational Medal of Technology 1990
C. Kumar N. PatelNational Medal of Science 1996
Kirk Raab
George RathmannFounder
Philip A. SharpNational Medal of Science 2004
Robert White

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Contact us
3222 N Street NW, Suite 300
Washington, DC 20007
610.719.7472