[Update: 02-25-2019] Dazzling sports sponsorships and pushing the diversity and inclusion agenda

More STEM opportunities offered to students from diverse backgrounds

Chance Glenn (The Introducer #3) is leveraging his position as Dean at the College of Engineering, Technology, and Physical Sciences at Alabama A&M University to ensure that the uni creates opportunities that promote social inclusion.  Chance says:

‘We lead the state in the number of African Americans who get STEM degrees here. Just about 45 or so percent in our college are female. We are contributing in those key areas of diversity for STEM education. That’s a big deal.’

Indeed, come May, the college will gain international exposure as the AAMU Motorsports team will compete at Formula SAE Michigan, a competition that challenges undergraduate and graduate students from across the world to build their own racecar. A&M is one of 120 teams registered, and one of the few HBCUs to participate. Students began recruiting their team in September, and are now in the process of physically creating their car.  This is just one example of an opportunity that has already attracted students from a diverse range of backgrounds.

To read more on the fantastic work that Chance is leading, please follow this link.

Sporting wins
There’s definitely a theme emerging this week with League Members being at the top of their game by launching successful partnerships with sports brands.
Dr. Jen Welter, (The Introducer #2), is proud to announce that she’s partnered with adidas.  Dr. Welter is the first female NFL coach and newly named Defensive Specialist Coach for the Atlanta Legends in the Alliance of American Football (AAF).  As part of the partnership, Adidas and Dr. Welter will explore new ways to increase access to the sport for young girls.
Coinciding with Black History Month, Rob Brown‘s (Advisory Board Member) company, Teambrown Apparel, is proud to join the lineup in the Official Store of the National Baseball Hall of Fame.  Read the full story here.


In support of the children being held in detention centers

We’re particularly proud of Mandy Manning’s commitment to support children held in detention centers across the USA.  Earlier this month, Mandy (The Introducer #9, Education), was in El Paso for the #TeachInForFreedom meet-up, to demand the release of immigrant children being held across the United States.  This all-day event was about immigration and child detention, along with all the things that the community can do together to ensure that these children are freed.

You can find out more about the Teachers Against Child Detention movement here.


Diversity in Blockchain

Work Wide Women supports women and companies who’re addressing issues of diversity management and inclusion.  And this is exactly what League Member, Caterina Ferrara (The Introducer #11 – Women Leaders in Blockchain) did when she founded Blockchain Ladies, a community of women collaborating on blockchain projects across the globe.  Work Wide Women has recognized Caterina’s achievements, citing her as being inspirational as a #cryptoinfluencer, #communitybuilder, and expert in #blockchain.  You can read the full article here – but please note that it’s in Italian (we used Google Translate!).


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