Black British Professionals in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) are an amazing non-profit organisation that aim to encourage, enable, and energise individuals in business, industry, and education to widen participation and contribution of Black individuals in STEM.
And they have an ever-growing network of professional members who are ready and waiting to provide one-to-one mentoring for University students.
So if you are a black student studying a STEM-related subject – sign up as a BBSTEM student member, and then request your very own mentor!
The mentors on the BBSTEM database are of a range of ethnicities and from diverse industries all across the country – with mentoring sessions delivered virtually.
Mentors attend training and there is a thorough matching process to ensure that the mentor assigned can help with specific student needs.
Why mentoring? There is a black attainment gap at university and the rate of employment for black graduates is lower than their white counterparts. BBSTEM want to change this. Their principal mission is to have Black parity in the UK’s STEM workforce and the student ‘Bridge Mentoring Scheme’ is one way they are enabling career advice and introductions to professional networks to enhance the job prospects of black British students.
UWE staff – do you want to sign up as a professional member of BBSTEM and begin mentoring the next generation of scientists and engineers?
And PhD students and post-docs – BBSTEM have set up a Slack group for black postgraduates to discuss more specific challenges faced after your undergraduate degree. And there are some professors thrown in to give their two-cents!
Get in contact with BBSTEM to get the link to join in discusions.