Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
Women, BAME people/BIPOC, people with disabilities/disable people, LGBTQ+ people, people from a lower socio-economical background, and neuro divergent people are still underrepresented categories in STEM. This is not only detrimental for the career path, mental and physical health of the people belonging to these categories, but also for the broad economic and social development: in fact, a diversity of perspective is key to innovate, and innovation is central to tackling the challenges that we are facing, from climate change to social and political unrest.
The aim of this initiative is to shed light on EDI-related issues; for example, we could start by having a regular column in the bulletin where a topic is discussed, and this can be done in different ways, e.g., in the form of an interview to an expert, or a personal account of a lived experience, etc. We believe that raising awareness on the negative effects of discriminatory practices, but also sharing positive experiences, such as fair and successful recruitment initiatives, or effective EDI policies within your organisation, is the first step to equip our community with the tools to face many of these new challenges.