PRISM Exeter

A network for LGBTQ+ individuals and their allies working and studying in the local Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM) sector.

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.

Our aims

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.

PRISM Speakers

Our Speakers series showcase the incredible work of LGBTQ+ people in STEMM and game-changing diversity and inclusion initiatives from across the UK.

Our next Speakers event will take place in November 2021.

Devon Libraries Partnership

We have partnered with Devon Libraries and the Business and IP Centre Devon to provide PRISM Exeter members and supporters with the opportunity to recommend inclusive media for inclusion in the Devon Libraries' collections. Follow the link below to our Google Form where you can make your recommendation.

Monthly Newsletter

We produce and distribute a monthly newsletter containing LGBTQ+ STEMM news from Exeter, the South West, and further afield.

STEMM at Exeter Pride

Since 2018, the coordinators of PRISM Exeter have orchestrated the involvement of the local STEMM sector in Exeter Pride.

Queer STEMM Champions

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.

Diversity in ExIST

PRISM Exeter coordinators share a seat on the steering group of Exeter Chamber of Commerce's Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST).

Careers fairs

We showcase the diverse nature of STEMM and the people who work in the sector at careers fairs and LGBTQ+ events across Exeter.

Stay in touch

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!