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Anicca Harriot Talks Hidden Figures, New Perspectives and What Happens When VSdoesHF

By Anicca Harriot In November, I was thrilled to learn that VanguardSTEM would be highlighting the women of Hidden Figures, hosting an online book club, and speaking with Hidden Figures author, Margot Lee Shetterly. Though I was excited about the opportunity to re-read the book I had fallen in love with as part of the VanguardSTEM community, […]

#WCWinSTEM: Katherine G. Johnson

This week’s #WCWinSTEM is Katherine G. Johnson, Black woman and NASA mathematician.   As compiled by Natasha Berryman, #VanguardSTEM Editor-in-Chief As our third season draws to a close, we couldn’t think of a more inspiring or relevant story to guide our end-of-the-year discussions than the lives of the remarkable Black-women mathematicians at the center of Margot […]

Part 2: What We Talk About When We Talk About Inclusion

By Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D. with a foreword from #VanguardSTEM Happy Friday, #VanguardSTEM! Today is the day: we get to hear how Dr. Sabriya Stukes’ SciFOO experience ended, and more than that, we get to hear her eloquent, authentic words about what actually needs changing to make STEM a more inclusive space. (If you missed part one, […]

Part 1: What We Talk About When We Talk About Inclusion

By Sabriya Stukes, Ph.D. with a foreword from #VanguardSTEM I am SO excited to introduce this two-part series from the brilliant Dr. Sabriya Stukes — Microbiologist and Immunologist, who co-founded Connect with STEM. In it, she tackles issues that rise to the top of many of our minds during conference season: inclusion and representation. Conferences […]

A Seat at the Table: Representation and Inclusion in STEM

by Natasha Berryman, #VS Editor-in-Chief This month, #VanguardSTEM (#VS) has set out to equip our community with helpful information on conferences. Our goal is simple: to position all to approach this exciting time in the academic and professional season with confidence, insight and a hunger for the fruit it can bear when we approach it […]

2016 / 2017 STEM Conference Shareable Infographic

Designed by Natasha Berryman If you’ve ever attended an identity-focused STEM conference, then you know how AMAZING it can be. Share this info graphic so others can experience it, too! Also, if you know about any other conferences we may have missed, please drop them in the comments and we’ll add them to the resource.    Copyright […]

#VS Resource Guide: STEM Conference Calendar 2016 – 2017

as compiled by Natasha Berryman   If you’ve ever attended an identity-focused STEM conference, then you know how AMAZING it can be. Share this resource list so others find out, too! Also, if you know about other such conferences, do drop them in the comments and we’ll add them here. This is a living document […]

Identity and Community: Two Key Components Driving Narrative

By Natasha Berryman In my previous post, I talked about the first step in taking control of your narrative when you do the work of your STEM dreams in an environment that is hostile, counterproductive or just uncomfortable. That step — which can be summarized as objectively assessing your environment to label its functional and […]

The First Step in Controlling Your Narrative

By Natasha Berryman If you missed the season three premiere of #VanguardSTEM, #BBBinSTEM: Bravery Beyond the Academy, I strongly encourage you to watch it. In it, one of our phenomenal guests, Dr. Danielle N. Lee, urged viewers to take control of their workplace/academic narratives as a constructive response to being mislabeled, misunderstood and/or still successful while being […]

#BBBinSTEM: When Black Men are Harmed, We All Lose

by Natasha Berryman The week that Alton Sterling and Philando Castile were murdered, I made a series of phone calls to the men in my life: my father, my brother and my beau. Although the women who raised me have feminist spirits, are strong-backed and often operated in the absence of male partnership, both my mother and my grandmother taught […]