Inclusion Matters 2022: Latinas in STEM

  • Oct. 5, 2022, 1:00 pm US/Central

On October 5th at 1 p.m., the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion will help honor Hispanic Heritage Month by showcasing The Latinas in STEM Foundation. Michelle L. Mejia, Latinas in STEM representative, will introduce the foundation and give a presentation on “How we can work together to build a more inclusive STEM future.”

The talk will last about 35 minutes, followed by Q&A.

To register, click here (Services log-in required): https://fermipoint.fnal.gov/org/ocedi/diversitycom/Shared%20Documents/Latinas%20in%20STEM.docx?d=w3e019f3834c54be8897b1ba50f83e106

For questions, please contact Anahi Ruiz Beltran (anahirb@fnal.gov).

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Michelle Mejia is a Research Scientist in the Analytical Sciences department at Dow where she is the lead for global X-ray Scattering technology team and serves as the lead for the global Beamline Sciences team. Michelle received her undergraduate degree from Rice University and her PhD in Chemistry from The University of Texas at Austin. Michelle is a board member for Latinas in STEM where she leads the Social Media Team.

The Latinas in STEM Foundation was founded in the summer of 2013 by Latina MIT alumnae who were interested in formalizing the work they were already doing in their respective communities. The founders of Latinas in STEM are first generation American women who were the first in their families to attend college. This group of Latinas know first-hand the many barriers to entry for women in STEM fields. Those barriers are compounded for Latinas due to a lack of role models, lagging outreach, and overall limited parental awareness. Latinas in STEM is a volunteer led and run organization. Members are all employed full-time in industry and pursue this work across the country to fulfill their desire to give back to their community

Latinas in STEM is a force from the community for the community. They are graduates and professionals with STEM careers in industry and a long track record of community service. Their primary purpose is to spread awareness of STEM and to inspire and empower Latina students in the primary and secondary grades, especially in underserved communities, to pursue a STEM career. Latinas in STEM educate parents, as well as students, so that they may be better positioned to support their daughters along their educational journey. Latinas in STEM also help Latinas currently pursuing careers in STEM to thrive in college and in their professional careers. Latinas in STEM has created an ever-growing network of Latinas working in STEM fields that empower each other to thrive in their careers through mentorship, networking, and recognition. ( https://www.latinasinstem.com/ ​)