At FIRST, we are committed to creating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community for all our participants. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, income or any other characteristics that make our adult-force and students unique.
Building STEM literacy and confidence is required to be successful in nearly every endeavour in today’s technology-rich society. STEM competence and confidence creates pathways to well-paying jobs and entrepreneurial opportunities in the fastest-growing fields, creating the potential for young people to achieve purposeful and prosperous lives.
Collectively, we must enable our young people to grow up to solve the world’s most pressing problems, be strong citizens, and build a brighter future. FIRST is committed to bringing its programs to students who would benefit most, and is actively engaged in developing strategies that will ensure greater access to its programs and reduce inequalities.
Keeping it Real on our teams workshops are a part of ongoing initiatives FIRST will undertake in fulfilling its commitment to EDI. The seminar provides an opportunity to begin a conversation on diversity and exploring welcoming and inclusive spaces for all youth. Download it here.
In the Girls in STEM: Your Future in Code magazine, you’ll discover some cool coding facts and history about the industry, meet super talented women doing fascinating jobs, and learn all about where you might find your place in this amazing field!
EDI resources and trainings will equip mentors for the work that we are committing to create diverse, inclusive and equitable teams. This complimentary, three-part training module course is available for anyone in the FIRST community. This course is accessible here.
The Girls in STEM Executive Advisory Council offers insight and oversight that will help us break down the barriers of girls in STEM, encourage girls and young women to become innovative and successful leaders of the future, and build the foundation for systematic change for acceptance and inclusion of girls in STEM. Learn more about them here.