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:
We run a competition for students to champion the life and work of an LGBTQ+ STEMM professional. 2019/20 competition winners were invited to speak at a celebratory event 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).
PRISM founder, Dr Claire L. Davies, was interviewed for ExIST's Insight Magazine about the importance of LGBTQ+ inclusion in STEMM.
We showcase the diverse nature of STEMM and the people who work in the sector at careers fairs and LGBTQ+ events across Exeter.
We regularly undertake impact assessments to measure the effectiveness of our activities and identify potential ways to improve. These are used to assist our applications for funding and support (which keep our events and activities free to access!) and to ensure we are meeting our aims.
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We celebrated PRISM Exeter's 3rd birthday with talks from Dr Layal Hakim (University of Exeter) and Alexis Hoyland (Office for National Statistics)
We marked LGBTQ+ History Month with talks from Dr Alex Dudgeon (University of Exeter) and Dr Melissa Brooks (Met Office)
We marked LGBTQ+ STEMM Day with talks from Dr Natasha Stephen (University of Plymouth) and Professor Rob Appleby (University of Manchester)
We celebrated PRISM Exeter's 2nd birthday with talks from PhD student Aaron Labdon (University of Exeter) and Cariad Eccleston (freelance DevOps Engineer)
There have been a number of reports conducted to survey the experiences of LGBTQ+ students and professionals to identify barriers to inclusion and progression within Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM). For instance,
We have collated a non-exhaustive list of reports and articles in relation to this area and extracted lists of key findings into a resources list. Links to the original articles and reports are included, with a note if institutional access may be required to bypass a paywall.
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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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