During August of 2018, Ashna and Victoria met each other while wandering the halls at a Speech & Debate summer camp. While mentoring, Ashna grew confident in her own speaking abilities as she ensured younger kids grew confident in theirs. While learning, Victoria found her own voice as she found her mentor listening. Hoping to replicate what they loved about the speech community--unconstrained discussion and unconventional friendship--in the scientific community, STEM & Buds was born.
For students: Metric-driven and one-dimensional educational approaches that exclude marginalized narratives and interdisciplinary changemaking from STEM
For systems: Impersonal and devalued science communication that prevents translational policy-making and informed public engagement
For students: Mentorship-driven and individualized educational environments that amplify hesitant voices and encourage intersectional impact in STEM
For systems: Identity-oriented and partnership-centric science communication that mobilizes local stakeholders toward issue-based advocacy