Inspiring STEM Equitability Award
Equitability, diversity, and inclusivity are not just women’s issues – they are business, economic, and societal issues. Organizations need change agents who will champion equitability and diversity, and encourage others to also become ambassadors of the effort.
Each finalist works to create a climate that is not only diverse but also inclusive of all people in such ways that further the success and promotion of the STEM fields. Awarded to an individual, irrespective of gender expression, 17 years of age or older who has demonstrated a commitment to promoting equitability, diversity, and inclusivity in the STEM arena.
ANNA MARIE LACHANCE
Inspiring STEM Equitability Award Winner
UConn School of Engineering
New Haven, CT
Anna Marie’s aim is to bridge the gap between STEM and social justice through a transfeminist, abolitionist lens.
Anna Marie (she/her) is a chemical engineering educator with a passion for mentorship, collaboration, and empowerment. Currently based out of Willimantic, she is an active member of her community and seeks out innovative ways to connect activism and STEM education, founding multiple programs devoted to anti-racist education in the UConn School of Engineering. She also hosts a podcast, Rule 63, which weaves together stories about transfeminism, science, media, and politics.
Inspiring STEM Equitability Award Finalist
Associate VP for Research
University of Connecticut
Michelle’s research, clinical training, and administrative responsibilities have all been dedicated toward addressing disparities and broadening the representation and success of historically marginalized groups in higher education spaces.
Dr. Michelle Williams is an Associate Vice President for Research at the University of Connecticut and oversees research administrative operations and research development sevices in the Office of the Vice President for Research. She received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia and joined UCONN in 1996 as a faculty member in the Department of Psychological Sciences with a joint appointment in the Institute of Africana Studies.
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