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.
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?
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).