The BIPOC STEM Network is an inclusive group of postgraduates, academic staff, research staff, and administrative/support staff who identify as BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) or BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic), working within the STEM departments in the University of Oxford, as well as allies. It is convened by four DPhil students with support from the MPLS Division. The main aim of the Network is to promote and support the work of People of Colour within the University and beyond, in order to create a more diverse and inclusive environment within academia and STEM.
The Network's main aims are to:
- Create an inclusive social support group for People of Colour.
- Enhance the representation and experiences of People of Colour within the University of Oxford and beyond.
- Provide a safe environment where issues and experiences about race and inclusivity can be shared openly and constructively.
- Propose policy recommendations that serve to improve diversity and inclusivity within the University.
- Facilitate mentorship between more senior and junior members of the Network.
We aim to host a number of activities each term including:
- Speaker events that enhance the representation of BIPOC researchers in STEM.
- Inclusive social events that provide a space to share experiences and chat with peers.
- Workshops and training covering effective allyship, anti-racism, and how to be an effective bystander.
- Networking and career development opportunities.