Who we are
PRISM (Pride and Representation in STEMM Matters) was established in July 2018 to provide a network for professionals
and students working and studying within the STEMM sector in and around Exeter.
Our foundation followed conversations between Exeter-based STEMM professionals who volunteered at (or visited) the
Institute of Physics South West branch's stall at Exeter Pride in May 2018.
Together, we found that
- Many local STEMM sector businesses did not have LGBTQ+ networks or provide support/contact networks for other
under-represented or minority groups;
- Where larger STEMM sector businesses did have LGBTQ+ networks, they held events only as far south west as Bristol;
- There are very few role models to inspire local LGBTQ+ youth into STEMM fields and break the cis-normative and
hetero-normative view of STEMM in the media and in society;
- Being openly LGBTQ+ at work was perceived by some to be unprofessional.
Most importantly and shockingly, it was clear from conversations that both indirect and direct discrimination and harassment
related to sexuality, gender identity, and gender expression takes place within the sector.
We acknowledge that progress on matters of LGBTQ+ inclusion requires greater awareness and action from people who do not
identify as LGBTQ+. You are our allies.
We recognise that discussions surrounding LGBTQ+ inclusion cannot happen without considering broader equality, diversity
inclusion in STEMM. We are your allies.
Our aim, as PRISM Exeter, is to provide:
- A space for local STEMM professionals and students to meet, network, and share ideas with fellow LGBTQ+ individuals
and allies of the LGBTQ+ community;
- A platform for the work of LGBTQ+ professionals to be championed and celebrated.
- A welcoming environment for the successes (and failures) of all equity, diversity and inclusion
initiatives to be shared among the local STEMM sector.