Changing the Face of STEM (CFS) is designed to encourage black, brown, disabled, and female children to aspire to and pursue careers in STEM, despite institutionalized lack of access and racial and gender equity. It draws its content and inspiration from historic and contemporary leaders in STEM fields to create a new cultural narrative for young people and their families — a narrative where discovery, innovation, and critical thinking are the norm, rather than the exception. CFS also challenges and works with policymakers and institutions of higher learning around their policies and support systems for creating real change.
Through unique collaborations and mentoring opportunities, Changing the Face of STEM offers a broad range of experiential learning opportunities designed for students at various levels in academic and community settings. We engage our partners to form, support, and empower local collaborations to dismantle the barriers of poverty, racism, and low expectations. We do this with day-long workshops at schools, faith-based institutions, community organizations, and other collaborative groups.
The initiative Changing the Face of STEM is a tool that arms all people with the skills needed to advance economic justice through career education and STEM retention.