Supporting Professional Advocacy Societies
Regardless of your own background, the success of societies that promote women, underrepresented minorities, and/or marginalized groups in STE(A)M is a success for everyone. As the world continues to be shaped by science and technology, it's more essential than ever that we ensure those making critical decisions and discoveries are representative of their full community. To make that happen, anyone can do three things: (1) listen to needs, (2) give your time and/or share the message, and (3) donate or support the organization.
We are proud to partner with the number of incredible advocacy organizations listed below:
"SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicano/Hispanic and Native American scientists, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM." -SACNAS
- The digital magazine STEM + Culture Chronicle shares stories of research, inspiration, and mentoring by and about underrepresented minorities in science.
MEYERHOFF SCHOLARS PROGRAM
“The Meyerhoff Scholars Program has been at the forefront of efforts to increase diversity among future leaders in science, engineering, and related fields. The UMBC Meyerhoff family is now more than 1300 strong, with over 1000 alumni across the nation and nearly 300 students enrolled in graduate and professional programs.”
- Watch the video: http://meyerhoff.umbc.edu/video-gallery/
- Read NYT article on the importance of the program: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/11/opinion/too-few-girls-and-minorities-study-tech-subjects.html?smid=fb-share&_r=0
"The organization seeks to develop and support efforts to increase opportunities for African Americans in physics and to increase their numbers and visibility of their scientific work. It also seeks to develop activities and programs that highlight and enhance the benefits of the scientific contributions that African American physicists provide for the international community. The society seeks to raise the general knowledge and appreciation of physics in the African American community." -NSBP
"The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a national, nonprofit organization focused on substantially increasing the representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) studies and careers." - AISES
- Why STEM for Native Americans Fact Sheet: http://www.aises.org/sites/default/files/documents/Why-STEM.pdf
- Science Fair Handbook “The Power Up Science Fair Manual details the steps necessary to participate in the National American Indian Virtual Science and Engineering Fair:
- Subscribe to Winds of Change Magazine: http://www.aises.org/news/woc?qt-winds_of_change=0#qt-winds_of_change
"The National Center for Transgender Equality is the nation’s leading social justice advocacy organization winning life-saving change for transgender people.
NCTE was founded in 2003 by transgender activists who recognized the urgent need for policy change to advance transgender equality. With a committed board of directors, a volunteer staff of one, and donated office space, we set out to accomplish what no one had yet done: provide a powerful transgender advocacy presence in Washington, D.C." -NCTE
- Read blog on #Transneeds: Listening to the needs and experiences of trans people: http://www.transequality.org/blog/transneeds-listening-to-the-needs-and-experiences-of-trans-people
- Read “Understand Transgender People: The Basics” PDF http://www.transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/resources/Understanding-Trans-Short-July-2016_0.pdf
- Visit Resource Hub: http://www.transequality.org/about-transgender
- Read annual report: http://www.transequality.org/sites/default/files/docs/NCTE%20Annual%20Report%202015%20final.pdf
"With more than 500 chapters and nearly 16,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is "to increase the number of culturally responsible Black Engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community." - NSBE
- Read their blog: http://www.nsbe.org/News-Media/Blogs/Karl-Reid/April-2017/Is-the-Black-Engineering-Crisis-a-Woman-Problem.aspx#.WPkID4WcHIU
"When girls learn to code, they become change agents in their communities. Whether it’s a game to illustrate the experience of an undocumented immigrant or a website to provide free college prep, our girls create technology that makes the world a better place. Like us, you believed in girls’ unlimited potential. Thanks to your support and contributions, together we’ve inspired thousands of girls to see a future in tech." - Girls Who Code
- Annual report: https://girlswhocode.com/2015report/
- GWC Immersion Projects: http://projects.girlswhocode.com/
- GWC Blog: https://imagirlwhocodes.com/
Phylo is a crowd-sourced, biodiversity-themed card game that anyone can order at a revenue-neutral price or download and print at home for free. There are over 1000 trading cards, as well as a few specialty decks with their own sets of rules. Genetics Society of America (GSA) created a version focused on model organisms and experiments with cards that invites anyone to experience a taste of what its like to be a researcher. Protip: you can expand the game by adding your own cards!