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Why Do We #VanguardSTEM in Times Like These?

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. Because we believe that women of color in STEM matter. Every single black+latina+first nation+indigenous+filipina+indian+queer+disabled+neuro-atypical woman (which we broadly define as women of color) and gender non-conforming person matters. We matter fundamentally as human beings AND by virtue of that humanity we deserve to be free. We deserve to pursue our passions […]

Meeting Your Kindred at a Conference: #VanguardSTEM Vignette of Dr. Taeyjuana Curry

One of the most important parts of going to a conference is meeting people. Being in the room can be the catalyst to building important relationships that can last a lifetime. Even as a longtime conference goer, I *LOVE* the opportunity to meet new people and especially relish chance encounters that birth long-standing connections. These […]

A #VanguardSTEM Conference Highlight: The PROMISE Summer Success Institute 2016

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. We’ve been talking all things conference attendance this month and we decided that it would be a good idea to feature one conference in particular, that the #VanguardSTEM team was a participant and sponsor of, this past month. We were delighted to partner with Dr. Renetta Tull (our past #WCWinSTEM) as […]

#VS Resource Guide: 8 Ways to Find Conference Funding

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. So if you’ve frequented these #VanguardSTEM streets this month, then you know we’re focused on the theme, “It’s About WHO You Know: Conferences 101.” As a followup to the very informative and insightful show we had with Dr. Antonia Franco (Executive Director of SACNAS) and Talitha Hampton (President of NOBCChE), we’ve […]

It’s About WHO You Know: Conferences Matter

I still remember the first time I attended my first National Society of Black Physicists conference, while an undergraduate at Norfolk State University. I’ll never forget seeing hundreds of black physicists buzzing around Stanford’s campus going about the business of trying to understand the mysteries of the physical (and biological) word. But far and away, […]

Hidden Figures, Hidden Fees

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. Photo and trailer both courtesy of 20th Century Fox. On August 15, 2016 the trailer for Hidden Figures, the original motion picture based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly, was released. I don’t generally watch trailers, or movies for that matter, because they often don’t […]

#VanguardSTEM Season 3 Premiere Is Here!

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. This is a bittersweet post. On the one hand, we’re buzzing with excitement because the season 3 premiere of #VanguardSTEM is just (over) 24 hours away! We’ve done so much prep work over the summer and with our content in the last 6 weeks to set the stage for this conversation. […]

3 Tips to Help You Maintain Resilience

 By Jedidah Isler, Ph.D. Yesterday, we hosted our first-ever #VanguardSTEM facebook and twitter chats on #BBBinSTEM. We wanted to reflect on how resilience and perseverance (can) crossover between our work and our personal lives. If you haven’t seen the discussions, I encourage you to check them out. While I won’t rehash all the themes we discussed […]

Some of Us Did NOT Die: On Revolutionary STEM

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D.  won’t you celebrate with me what i have shaped into a kind of life? i had no model. born in babylon both nonwhite and woman what did i see to be except myself? i made it up here on this bridge between starshine and clay, my one hand holding tight my […]

The Conversation on Burnout and Resilience Continues

by Jedidah Isler, Ph.D.  Hey #VanguardSTEMmers, A quick note to let you know what’s coming up for the rest of the month. We’re really excited about it and can’t wait to share another great month of ideas, fellowship and communion with you. Who knew when we had our #VanguardSTEM episode about Burnout, Bravery and Being […]