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Inspiration for this Initiative
Hi! My name is Danielle and I'm the creator of The Social Scientist. I am currently a postdoctoral fellow in the neuroscience field. The idea for this initiative started when I was at my first conference as a postdoc and struggled to make any lasting contacts.
Every career development event I have attended has emphasized the necessity to build up a network and need to spark a conversation with a stranger or cold call a possible mentor, which is not only time consuming but largely ineffective. What our fields are missing is a mentorship community; people willing to give an honest view of their career and what it took for them to get there. Our careers are shaped by a community of mentors and peers.
The goals for this initiative are:
To create an engaging and open atmosphere in order to expand access to STEM education
To strengthen and diversify the STEM fields
To amplify underrepresented and marginalized voices within STEM
To provide a global community of enthusiastic volunteers that are readily available and willing to speak on their experiences