The Sacramento Valley AWIS Board acknowledges and stands against all forms of racism. The last few weeks have brought back to the forefront of our nation’s attention the racial inequality faced daily by many. Our society is traumatized by the systemic, institutional racism that pervades the structures that govern and rule. We all share the responsibility to end systemic racism. It requires a lifelong commitment.
While the Association for Women in Science has focused on breaking down the systemic barriers that limit the advancement, equity, and participation of women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), we recognize that women of color in STEM, and Black women in particular, carry the burden of racism in everyday life, workplaces, and educational settings. It is critical that we as a STEM organization recognize their experiences and not let them stand alone.
We reaffirm our commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive scientific enterprise, which includes confronting racism. We call on those in our network and the scientific community to take a stand.
We as a Board are constantly inspired by the energy, insights, and empathy of our members, and we commit to providing you resources for becoming agents of change.
Yours in Science and Social Justice,
The Sacramento Valley AWIS Board
We know that this is an interesting time in human history. In an effort to stay connected and help support our members during this time, we will be hosting an online happy hour every other Thursday starting April 2nd. Grab a glass of wine or a bottle of beer or a nice sparkling La Croix and dial in from your couch or your kitchen table. We are here to support you. In solidarity, The svAWIS Board
One of our board members, Erika Lee, was recently named as the Girl Scouts Volunteer of the month for September. To read the full article, check out this link: www.girlscoutshcc.org/en/for-volunteers/volunteer-spotlight.html.
Way to go Erika and thank you for your dedication to empowering, inspiring, and exciting the next generation of female scientists!
About 40 women in science and their family members attended the 2019 AWIS-NCC summer picnic in San Mateo. We ate delicious tri-tip, played lawn games, and networked with members from the NCC including the East Bay, Palo Alto, and San Fransisco chapters. It was an excellent event with beautiful sunny weather.
Left to right: svAWIS board members Jen (president), Vanessa, Ericka, Abbie, and Anne
The 2019 Mentorship Program has drawn to a close. At the finale, we had an intense spaghetti tower building competition with only one team building a tower that stood up without assistance at the buzzer. We also handed out certificates to those in attendance and collected feedback on the program so that we can make the 2020 program even better. Thank you so much to all the awesome mentors and mentees who participated this year! We hope you all learned and grew through these relationships.