So last week I did a Twitter take over for the Minorities in STEM account (@MinoritySTEM).
As described on the Minorities in STEM website although Black and Minority Ethnicity (BME) individuals make up 12.8% of the UK population, this is still not reflected within the public’s perception of what a scientist looks like. The aim of Minorities in STEM is to create a network that can connect, support and showcase the individuals working and studying within STEM.
During my take over some of the issues that were discussed included self-confidence and how important it is to first and foremost believe in yourself and your potential in a STEM role. It was also the perfect week as we had a Q&A session with the amazing Angela Saini (author of must read “INFERIOR”) at our university. Her new book available later this year will be another one to look out for as it takes on racism and the “science” behind it.
I found the Twitter community of followers really supportive and I would recommend following them on Twitter for lots of great opportunities and timely discussions.
They’re always on the look out for anyone who would be interested in contributing a few hours a month to the Minorities in STEM project as they grow so do get in touch through their website.