In their own words: Kelly Cousineau
"To me, one of the most urgent challenges facing our nation is the inequitable distribution of opportunities to our youth, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. Now, more than ever, we need creative and diverse minds to develop solutions for humans in a globalized economy. But providing genuine access to STEM education is a tall order. As a result, we tend to focus our energy on supporting students from advantaged populations, who then enter the workforce and generate solutions that only serve the most advantaged in society. Ultimately, many of these solutions fade out over time because they don't meet the needs of most humans in a globalized economy. In order to create lasting solutions, we have to cultivate genuine opportunities for people with differing identities and backgrounds to shape the landscape of technology. If we do this, students who are underrepresented will see themselves as leaders in STEM fields and these students can use STEM to improve the quality of life for everyone, including those who have been marginalized by our existing systems and innovations."