Day of STEM: One Student’s Vision

Evelyn Dais is currently an undergraduate student studying Robotics and Control Systems Technology Management. Within the past year, she joined a newly formed organization called the National Society of Black Engineers. Upon joining this organization, Evelyn wanted to make an impact on underrepresented students in STEM fields. Although many initiatives are getting more student involvement in these fields, she believed there is more to be done, more than “students” can do to remind other students of their potential. Ms. Dais has worked tirelessly towards bringing like-minded individuals together to make her vision of an event as successful as possible.

“Change takes time but with every action taken, we are getting closer to giving our students a better tomorrow.” -Dias

Studies, she found, have shown students of color consist of 7-9% of the STEM workforce – believing together we have the power to change that. For those students who share a passion for STEM, she hopes to increase their representational numbers through encouragement and personal potential perception. Dias states, “For change to occur we must be a part of the action that works towards it.”

On Saturday, April 24th, 2021, her envisioned STEM-based event of activities, undergraduate research presentations, and career fair focused on 8-12th grade students occurred at The Mix at Arbor Place.

Contributed by:  Mrs. Cindy L. W. English, MFA

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