Diary of a Black Mathematical Modeller: Goodbye Minorities in STEM

Diary of a Black Mathematical Modeller: Goodbye Minorities in STEM

12:40 Saturday 6th June 2020

What a week this has been! When I chose this week for my twitter take over the @MinoritySTEM account – I didn’t realise that it be in the middle of a global protest of events in America.

As President of the Institute of Mathematics and its Application – I have a responsibility to all mathematicians and those who aspire to be mathematicians to say ” I will fight tooth and nail to keep the doors open!”

On this platform I realise that not only am I fighting to keep the door open for those who want a career in mathematics but also for those who want a career in STEM. All of these disciplines are linked and we need each other.

When faced with racial discrimination, whether at school, university, the work place and always remind myself what my parents told me when the career school teacher was trying to push me to become a boxer! My parents said

“You don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great mathematician!”

Well today let me extend this

“You don’t need anybody’s permission to be a great STEM-thematician!”

Definition of STEM-thematician. Some one who aspires a career in STEM. It also rhymes 🙂

This week I ran a competition to highlight the strength and depth of BAME talent in STEM. This created quite a bit of chatter and I deem this project to be a success.
The four finalist were just amazing. People had difficulty choosing between the four. However, congratulations to Roma Agrawal – you are the Most Inspirational BAME in STEM!

Okay I will be signing off Minority of STEM later today. I have made so many new friends and I have enjoyed e-chatting to all of you.

I might continue this Diary of a Black Mathematical Modeller but next week I have two simulation models to build and a Presidential Address to build.

For those who are interest, you can follow me on @ch_nira.

Till the Next Iteration

Dr Nira Chamberlain