STEM Equity & Racial Justice Pledge

“Fighting racial and gender injustices is a multi-faceted approach, and our fight is within the STEM industry.”
– Adamaka Ajaelo, Founding Executive Director

Our pledge is a direct response to our nation’s racial and gender challenges, reflecting a direct approach towards dismantling the systemic inequality and racism within our STEM education and career pathway spaces. 

Self-eSTEM is seeking a minimum 10 organizations/groups to pledge at least 10% (a minimum of $25,000) of our overall goal of $250,000 by December 31, 2020.

COVID-19 has affected our organization’s funding sources as our annual fundraiser was postponed until next year (2021) due to shelter in place requirements. Funding will be used to to expand the locations of our existing Early STEM Immersion Program (ages 7-17) and to launch our School-2-Career Program (ages 18-25) focused on retention of the STEM talent pipeline.

To connect with our Executive Director (Adamaka) regarding opportunities to connect with a foundation, a company’s corporate social responsibility team, or employee resource group, email Adamaka (aajaelo@selfestem.org).



Our Vision

Self-eSTEM’s vision is to create a sustainable supply of underrepresented minority women leaders who are recognized as a viable source of top talent and innovation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

We are changing the face and culture of STEM innovation!


Our Mission

Self-eSTEM builds the self-esteem of girls and young women from untapped communities, while providing interactive, culturally responsive STEM literacy, leadership, and technical training preparing them to thrive in ever-changing labor markets. Beyond the confines of traditional STEM roles and spaces that exist today, our organization focuses on building the skills, confidence, and resilience needed for our participants to adapt to the STEM workforce of the future.

We are building and diversifying the next generation of STEM innovators and entrepreneurs to disrupt the world!



Our Philosophy

We seek to eliminate the critical shortage gap of STEM professionals by building diverse, inclusive, equitable and sustainable workforce pipelines comprised of underrepresented minority women. By attracting, training, and retaining girls and young women from untapped communities, we create thriving learning environments where individuals have access to STEM educational and career pathways. Participants in our programs will develop the critical and systems thinking skills needed to meet the demands of the future workforce.

We leverage an integrated approach to provide support from early education to post-secondary education, and post-secondary to early career. Our learning approach and curriculum design incorporates Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Common Core State Standards (CCSS), but is distinctive from the traditional classroom learning style. We leverage design thinking principles to develop innovative curriculum that demystifies STEM concepts by making it applicable to participants’ interest or daily experiences, and allowing them to feel safe to learn.

Our program service offerings apply a holistic approach, focusing on building STEM literacy skills, self-esteem and resiliency for success in life and within the STEM workforce pipeline.

All of our program service offerings are FREE!



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