Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) in the context of culture plays an important role in communities across the globe; however, it is particularly important to Indigenous communities. Connecting STEM to social enterprise, humanities, arts, innovation, entrepreneurship, etc. an ‘A’ is added to get STEAM, standing for ‘Arts’ and all that it encompasses.
IndigeSTEAM is hosting events that incorporate the importance of equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in STEM. The first of the events is the Indigenous Inclusion Mentors Leadership Retreat which integrates modern science, technology, engineering and mathematics with indigenous wisdom to create an innovative future for all.
Through inclusion and the incorporation of Indigenous wisdom and teachings, youth can be engaged in a way that transcends race, gender and abilities and breaks down barriers for all underrepresented groups. This retreat invites participants to examine their own cognitive diversity and learn how their lens shapes their interactions with others.
The second event is the Post-Halloween Masquerade Ball Benefiting IndigeSTEAM. The experience allows attendees to have an opportunity to learn a little about IndigeSTEAM and other non-profits focused on equity, diversity and inclusion in STEM.