UCSC students and Santa Cruz community demand diversity in STEM
“Behind me are STEM students from many backgrounds, genders and ethnicities […] We are first generation college students, we are underrepresented. And we stand here with the community for a same cause,” Brambila said to a cheering crowd of locals — some wearing dinosaur suits, some holding signs.
Brambila is a graduate student in the molecular, cell and developmental biology track and the president of the UCSC SACNAS chapter. SACNAS members marched with about 400 Santa Cruz community members on April 21 in March for Science, a national movement that began last year to promote evidence-based policy and celebrate the role of science in society.
March for Science returned for its second year, this time with a speaker from SACNAS to speak on diversity within STEM fields. The event was organized by Santa Cruz Indivisible (SCI), a community organization that engages residents with progressive politics at the local, state and national level. Scientists from SCI also cited urgency within the political climate as another reason for the march.