“Women’s Professional STEM Societies Rethink Gender Diversity”- column in Undark Magazine

Probably the most invigorating discussion on the topic of gender expansive inclusion & advancing nonbinary students in STEM I have had lately, with columnist Teresa Carr at Undark Magazine.

So, are women’s organizations the right place to work towards greater gender diversity? I asked Haverkamp. She repeated the question and let it echo for a moment. “Either, yes, women advocate for greater gender diversity, or no, women shut the door, and they say we have our marginal stake in the system, you go figure it out yourself,” she said. “The most feminist answer, would be ’yes’ — to welcome in and advocate for the full, free, liberated range of gender expressions and embodiments in STEM.”

Read the whole thing! It also discusses the amazing work SWE Hawaiian Islands has done to bring Indigenous Justice / Native Hawaiian Māhū inclusion into their scholarships, despite lack of national support from Society of Women Engineers.

Here’s the article link: https://undark.org/2021/10/27/womens-professional-stem-societies-rethink-gender-diversity/

Author: Andrea Haverkamp

Andrea Haverkamp holds a PhD in environmental engineering with a minor in queer studies. Her dissertation research explored the support systems and community resiliency of transgender and gender nonconforming undergraduate students in undergraduate engineering education. She is currently a labor organizer in Washington state.

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