Tuesday, January 3, 2017

CoB becomes an affiliate of the RRC

As of the 2017 Winter quarter, Colors of the Brain is now an affiliate organization of the Raza Resource Centro (RRC) at UC San Diego! The recent conception of the RRC stemmed from an involved campus community that called for resource and support for UCSD's Chicanx and Latinx student population.

Our organization’s mission to create a space and community for underrepresented scientists fortuitously intersects with that of the Centro’s. Not only will this serve as a supportive space for Latinx students interested in science, but it will also serve as a space where allies can support Latinx student’s access to a higher education. To ameliorate barriers impeding Latinx success in academia, CoB will also collaborate with RRC key resource providers like SACNAS, ABRCMS, and NCORE, to name a few, from which to tap career opportunities for our graduate members and mentees. This would include conference travel awards for research conferences aimed at diversifying STEM, and research positions in other universities with similar goals. Finally, CoB’s intersection between Latinx students and allies interested in diversifying STEM will create a space where conversations about social justice in education will be encouraged and respected.

One event that the Centro and CoB plan to execute together is a Fall workshop on graduate school applications. A lot of the knowledge gained by those who make it into a research program ends up going to waste by not being disseminated to the next generation of interested students. We can aim to end that lack of transition of knowledge by having a panel where underrepresented graduate students candidly talk about applications, the interview process, and coping with life in an environment where we’re often the only one with our cultural background. Success for this workshop will be directly measured by having undergraduate attendees sign up for our mentorship program so that we can hold ourselves accountable to our mission. A follow-up event during the Winter and Spring quarters will be mock graduate school interviews and research fellowship applications for students who are interested and eligible.

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