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.
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.
“A diverse mix of voices leads to better discussions, decisions and outcomes for everyone”
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google
Why do we need BBSTEM?
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);
Studies have shown that employing a diverse workforce increases productivity, creativity, and an organisations’ skillset, and increases their competitive advantage;
To highlight and celebrate the achievements of Black British professionals who are contributing to the economy in the STEM related career.
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).