Vista del Soul: Ethan's Farewell

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As a STEM Expansion VISTA for the New Mexico Out-of-School Time Network (NMOST) I have spent an entire year trying to understand the barriers that keep young women and people of color from pursuing careers in STEM. I have read countless academic articles, infographics, and I even took a month long training on how to foster equity and inclusion in a STEM learning environment. Despite all of this work, I learned the most from reading the personal accounts of young New Mexican women pursuing a career in STEM.

Mentorship and the Opportunity Gap for Young Women in New Mexico

When examining the importance of mentorship for young women in STEM, a stark disparity in opportunities available to young women depending on their geographical location in New Mexico emerges.

How Out-of-School Time Benefits Young Women in STEM

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Out-of-School Time (OST) STEM activities are quality STEM learning opportunities that can provide young women with representation, community support, and mentoring opportunities. 

What is the Gender Gap in STEM?

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Women and people of color are consistently underrepresented in computer science and engineering, two of the largest and highest paying sectors in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) fields. This lack of diversity hurts the industry by suppressing innovation, and hiring bias creates an untapped pool of talented workers. In addition, there is a significant gender pay gap across the highest paying STEM jobs.

The Impact of COVID-19 on Women in Academic STEMM

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This March the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine released a consensus study report, “The Impact of COVID-19 on the Careers of Women in Academic Science, Engineering, and Medicine.” The report on five academic studies found what many had already suspected: that the COVID-19 pandemic had a disproportionately negative effect on women in academic STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine) fields.

Val Day-Sanchez’s Workshop: How to be an Anti-Racist Educator When Working with Students Afterschool

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Val Day-Sanchez was one of our main keynote speakers and workshop leaders this year at our annual Fall into Place conference. Val (she/they) is an antiracist educator, professor of communication, social activist, author, and champion of inclusivity. She is also the founder of The Only Back Girl in the Room, a company with the mission to utilize education and facilitated discussions to help individuals and organizations adopt inclusive practices to advance equitable policies and procedures for marginalized group members. Check out some of the key takeaways from her workshop!


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