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CSHL joins new AAAS effort to break down STEMM barriers

Charla Lambert
Charla Lambert is director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Office of Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion and president of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/ Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).
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On June 20, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) announced the members of its first-ever Multidisciplinary Working Group (MWG). The group consists of a diverse roster of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and medicine (STEMM) professionals. They represent institutions all across the country. Among them is Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s (CSHL’s) Charla Lambert.

The group is called the Empowering Career Pathways in STEMM MWG. One of its goals is to examine barriers keeping people from entering STEMM careers. Together, the team will recommend steps to take down those obstacles.

“The MWG is an amazing collection of professionals who span career stages, sectors, and STEMM disciplines,” says Lambert. “I’m particularly interested in developing tools and guidelines institutions can use to make STEMM training more accessible, equitable, and inclusive. This will directly complement the work I do as CSHL’s Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion officer and as SACNAS’ president. I’m honored to be a member of this AAAS group and looking forward to the work we’ll do over the next year.”

“A major focus of this first working group is redefining what a successful career looks like and who a scientist could and should be,” adds Willie E. May, AAAS president-elect.

Written by: Luis Sandoval, Communications Specialist | | 516-367-6826

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