The 2017 SACNAS conference brought together the most innovative minds in the STEM field, hosting three days of cutting-edge science, mentoring, professional training and cultural activities. As a sponsor of SACNAS, the Diversity Program Consortium led the pre-conference event “Share, Connect, and Empower” where students from BUILD (Building Infrastructure Leading to Diversity) and mentors from NRMN (National Research Mentoring Network), came together to share their stories and hopes for the STEM field. The evening started with an empowering workshop led by SF BUILD, focused on how to leverage personal assets to gain an advantage in the biomedical field. This included discussions surrounding how to stay committed and persistent in science, as well as how our life journey can help us better serve the communities we come from. After the workshop, students built their social capital through a mixer where they networked with their mentors and peers. The DPC ended the evening with participants sharing their personal journey through a creative spoken word performance.
The image to the left is a word scramble of the most spoken words from the interviews with our BUILD students and NRMN mentor.
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