Tag Archives: equity

2020’s wake up calls stir action in STEM

As scientists, we’re taught to believe in objectivity; in washing our hands of biases in pursuit of truth. As academics scrambling up an increasingly precarious career ladder, we’re taught to believe in meritocracy; that anyone who tries hard enough can succeed. But clinging to objectivity, meritocracy, and apoliticism often blinds scientists to the inequities they

Inclusive MCB (iMCB+): Strength & Safety in Numbers

Diversity among scientists fosters innovation, yet retaining graduate students in STEM fields from underrepresented minority (URM) groups persists as a serious challenge. A 2017 study in Science magazine highlighted that the transition between college and graduate school is a “strategic point of loss” of these students. As women and minorities in STEM advance in their career

Surrounding students with STEMpowerment

Dr. Talithia Williams, an associate professor of mathematics at Harvey Mudd College, spoke at UC Berkeley on February 6, 2018 to discuss bridging the racial, gender, and socioeconomic gap in STEM higher education. She opened this event, called STEMpowerment, by posing a question: who is Claudette Colvin? Claudette was arrested in 1955 for refusing to