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BBSTEM is a non-profit organisation campaigning for balance and representation of Black individuals in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

We aim to encourage, enable, and energise individuals in business, industry, and education to widen participation and contribution of Black individuals in STEM. Our professional network of BBSTEM members aims to inspire the young Black British generation to pursue STEM subjects in university and beyond. Our principal mission is to have Black parity in the UK’s STEM workforce, from school to the highest level in industry.

Mission

Inspire, encourage, and support Black youth and individuals to achieve excellence, and contribute to society and the economy as leaders in STEM. To work collaboratively with educational facilities, employers, and other influencers in striving towards creating a visibly diverse community in STEM.

INSPIRE

To show the younger generation a successful and exciting career in STEM is achievable for Black individuals

EDUCATE & ENCOURAGE

Promote education and encouragement and support into STEM fields. Also, to educate on the importance of diversity and representation by various programmes, such as workshops, events, and mentoring

COLLABORATE

Collaborate with other organisations who share a common goal

Birth of BBSTEM

The leading idea was to design a shape that captures the essence of STEM subject. In order to illustrate this, we used the circle as the main shape in creating the symbol. The circle can be found in all the fields covered by STEM. It can be a cell in medicine, an atom in physics, a circuit in engineering or the basic circle in geometry. As a symbolism, the circle is a universal symbol that represents the notions of totality, wholeness, cyclic movement, timelessness and the whole rhythm of the universe.

“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone”

Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google

Why do we need BBSTEM?

  • Domiciled Students

    Latest statistics show that only 6.2% of UK domiciled students enrolled onto STEM related subjects at UK universities are black (4.8% Black African, 1.2% Black Caribbean, 0.2% Black Other);

  • Diverse Workforce

    Studies have shown that employing a diverse workforce increases productivity, creativity, and an organisations’ skillset, and increases their competitive advantage;

  • Celebration

    To highlight and celebrate the achievements of Black British professionals who are contributing to the economy in the STEM related career.

  • Gender Balance

    Organisations such as The Royal Academy of Engineering recognise there are an abundant programmes and initiations directed at balancing and campaigning for gender balance in STEM fields, but a lack of programmes directed at increasing the inclusion of Black and Minority ethnics (BAME).

Diversity, Equality & Inclusion Statement

Increase awareness of diversity, equality, and inclusion through member activity;

Research and reduce obstacles to equal opportunities challenge and highlight discrimination if it occurs;

Support member led activity that address diversity;

Increase the inclusion of a group currently underrepresented.

Our vision in one in which Black British individuals are as likely as the dominant domicile ethnic group, to choose to study and strive for a career in STEM, and thus to widen the representation in this field.

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