Diversity is foundational to the strength of any academic institution. In STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), underrepresented students are needed to tackle STEM in ways we cannot fully explore with a homogeneous workforce. A diversity of thought, backgrounds and experiences are essential for the execution of scientific query and technological innovation.
When so few people share your identities in STEM, it can damage the confidence, participation and retention of underrepresented students. A need exists for mentorship of underrepresented students from those who share similar paths, challenges, identities and perspectives.
M.U.S.E. was created to connect underrepresented students to STEM professionals--particularly those who also share underrepresented identities. STEM professionals can provide support, advice, encouragement and help students navigate applying to STEM programs at the undergraduate, post-bacc or graduate level.