I CAN STEM
Through I CAN STEM, we can broaden the scope of where and to whom STEM is accessible. By spotlighting significant STEM creators and innovators from a variety of circumstances, we can spread the message that STEM is meant for everyone. We believe that taking this small but crucial step toward making STEM more inclusive will go a long way in preparing our state and our country for the many challenges ahead.
The need to bring historically disenfranchised groups into the STEM fold drove the creation of the I Can STEM campaign
Read moreAccording to Wired magazine, STEM is one of the fastest-growing job sectors in the United States. Despite that, Pew Research reports that Black and Hispanic workers continue to be underrepresented in the STEM workforce, while women, even with recent and significant progress, are still underrepresented in many STEM areas. Even New Jersey – a state with a predominantly female and minority population – mirrors these troubling national trends; the New Jersey Society of Professional Engineers points out that in addition to underrepresentation among women and people of color, Black and Hispanic children are disproportionately undereducated in math and science compared to their white and Asian counterparts throughout the state. As a result, highlighting members of the STEM field from traditionally marginalized or disadvantaged communities is vital to making sure that our industry is inclusive and accepting. Sources: Pew Research: Diversity-in-the-stem-workforce-varies-widely-across-jobs Wired: 5-numbers-explain-stem-diversity-matters-us NJSPE: importance-stem-education
Submit An "I Can STEM" Nomination
This is your opportunity to honor a STEM role model in your work place or community! The 2022 nomination form is now available!
Our STEM Strategic Advisory Board will review the nominees and select the finalists. Twelve role models will be chosen.
Honoring the Winners
Each month, a finalist will be announced and featured on our website. Their stories will be shared in hopes of inspiring others who don’t often see themselves represented in STEM professions.