Working towards diversity in STEM

$1,090 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 34 people in 13 months
https://science-in-color.com/

The landscape of academic science is currently and historically lacking in diverse representation.  This includes people of color, members the LGBTQ community, women, and those who are handicapable.   This lack of representation is detrimental to both the field of science, which could benefit from diverse perspectives, and the science or science-adjacent individuals in underrepresented groups find themselves discouraged or alienated because of their identities.  Science in Color hopes to provide a platform to celebrate and discuss subjects specifically pertaining to underrepresented groups while also providing a hub for connecting and networking amongst students and professionals in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields.The following are action items that Science in Color will be hoping to fund and implement soon: 

Improving the quality of the Science in Color podcast by purchasing new quality equipment - DONE

Creation of promotional products and advertising initiatives to help spread the word 

Creation of outreach efforts including workshops and forums addressing issues related to belonging to a marginalized group in STEM

Offering travel scholarships to attend one of our events

Sending volunteers from Science in Color to STEM conferences to increase organization visibility and networking possibilities

Providing scholarships to individuals from marginalized groups who are going into STEM

Mentorship Summits for STEM faculty members focusing on how to mentor students from diverse backgrounds
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We've officially raised $1,000!! Thank you so much to those who have donated already! Keep spreading the word and help us make a positive impact in STEM!
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We did it! We raised the $800 needed to get Science in Color off the ground! Thank you to all of our generous donors!
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So excited we hit 50% of our funding goal! A good portion of the equipment for the podcast was purchased yesterday! We still need money to buy space to host our podcast so keep sharing our campaign!
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Diversity in Science Education has reached 50% of its goal. Thanks to all of our generous donors!
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Veronica Varela
10 months ago

@ Lexington Goyle - Our only agenda is to improve both science, as well as the lives of scientists and would-be scientists by championing the representation of diverse people in the scientific community and by highlighting the unique challenges of those same individuals. Although we don’t necessarily agree that a person’s background is completely irrelevant to science, (an individual’s unique background can be important in providing distinctive perspectives and a diversity of thought that is integral to the progress of science as a whole) we do agree that an individual’s background SHOULD have no say in how or if someone contributes to the scientific community. Science is our most powerful and most useful tool for discovery and, as a tool, is impartial and unbiased. However, imperfect humans are the ones who wield that tool and we often approach it with our own baggage. Further, the various institutions that employ scientists also have built-in biases as a result of being very human systems. These are the biases that we hope to expose and combat for individuals who have traditionally been victims of these biases. Science doesn’t exist in a vacuum and can therefore be a victim to human faults so we work to uphold the objectivity and neutrality of science and I think that’s something that every scientist who values the purity of the process would find worthwhile

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Lexington Goyle
10 months ago

Nah. All this campaign does is promote an SJW agenda. Someone's genetic makeup is irrelevant to the study of science while this campaign suggests it actually is. As a gay man myself I don't require representation to simply contribute to the scientific community as my sexual orientation, skin color, etc are irrelevant factors. Our money is better spent on actual progress, not social justice agendas that seek to elevate people because they have the status of "minority" applied to them.

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Created April 9, 2017
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11 months ago
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Keith Duncan
11 months ago

Amazing work! Thanks for all you do.

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12 months ago
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Christine Simbolon
12 months ago

Love and believe in everything you do Nadia Perez! xoxo - C

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12 months ago
Veronica Varela
10 months ago

@ Lexington Goyle - Our only agenda is to improve both science, as well as the lives of scientists and would-be scientists by championing the representation of diverse people in the scientific community and by highlighting the unique challenges of those same individuals. Although we don’t necessarily agree that a person’s background is completely irrelevant to science, (an individual’s unique background can be important in providing distinctive perspectives and a diversity of thought that is integral to the progress of science as a whole) we do agree that an individual’s background SHOULD have no say in how or if someone contributes to the scientific community. Science is our most powerful and most useful tool for discovery and, as a tool, is impartial and unbiased. However, imperfect humans are the ones who wield that tool and we often approach it with our own baggage. Further, the various institutions that employ scientists also have built-in biases as a result of being very human systems. These are the biases that we hope to expose and combat for individuals who have traditionally been victims of these biases. Science doesn’t exist in a vacuum and can therefore be a victim to human faults so we work to uphold the objectivity and neutrality of science and I think that’s something that every scientist who values the purity of the process would find worthwhile

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Lexington Goyle
10 months ago

Nah. All this campaign does is promote an SJW agenda. Someone's genetic makeup is irrelevant to the study of science while this campaign suggests it actually is. As a gay man myself I don't require representation to simply contribute to the scientific community as my sexual orientation, skin color, etc are irrelevant factors. Our money is better spent on actual progress, not social justice agendas that seek to elevate people because they have the status of "minority" applied to them.

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