Sophia Swartz is an incoming graduate student at the UC Berkeley Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her undergraduate research investigated the biogeography of a bacterial plant pathogen using confocal microscopy. With Anjika Pai, Sophia is co-founder of STEM Redefined (https://www.stemredefined.com/), an organization that aims to integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) into STEM high school lesson plans using an interactive multimedia library of resources aligned with national science standards.
STEM subjects are powerful levers for change, but formal STEM-ed lacks opportunities to practice cultural competency. Anjika Pai and Sophia Swartz propose a task force committed to building values of inclusion and public service into the U.S. STEM workforce.