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
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:
Since 2018, the coordinators of PRISM Exeter have orchestrated the involvement of the local STEMM sector in Exeter Pride.
We organised a competition for students aged 16+ to champion the life and work of an LGBTQ+ STEMM professional. The competition winners were invited to speak at a celebratory event held at the University of Exeter as part of LGBT History Month.
PRISM Exeter coordinators share a seat on the steering group of Exeter Chamber of Commerce's Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST).
We showcase the diverse nature of STEMM and the people who work in the sector at careers fairs and LGBTQ+ events across Exeter.
Do you want to get involved with PRISM Exeter, establish a link between PRISM Exeter and your employer, or speak at one of our future events? Then get in touch with us via email using the link below.
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We look forward to hearing from you!