Activism

Creating diverse and inclusive spaces in writing and science is essential to advancing the future of these disciplines. While I’m still learning how to be an effective activist myself, I want to point you in the direction of some prominent resources that have been doing some real good in today’s world! Some of these I’ve had the opportunity to be involved with. Others, I’ve learned incredible things about! Either way, I wanted to signal boost some great groups and resources!

RESOURCES FOR DUKE STUDENTS:

If you’re a Duke Freshman, I implore you to apply to the Duke SPIRE STEM Fellowship Program. They help you both financially and emotionally by building a strong and diverse community of STEM-minded individuals!

If you’re a woman, BIPOC/POC, and/or LGBTQIA+ Duke student in mathematics or interdisciplinary data science, I encourage you to check out Duke’s Lyceum group here. I got to help put this group together while at Duke, and if there is anything I can do to help connect you, just let me know!

If you’re a Duke Student and want to join conversations denouncing Anti-Asian Violence, please check out the school’s primary speaking event from 5:30-6:30 03/24/21. You can register for the event here. I’ll continue to post updates about resources related to denouncing Anti-Asian Violence as they become available, but here is are currently available links that I know of: Asian Mental Health Collective

RESOURCES FOR DEVELOPING CURRENT EVENTS

For more information on the developing IFC COVID protest, visit the following links: read more about the situation here, join the Facebook group here, provide feedback about the situation here

RESOURCES FOR EVERYONE

If you’re interested in modernizing & writing pulp fiction regardless of if you’re a Duke student or not, check out Freshly Squeezed Pulp (email them at freshlysqueezedpulppodcast@gmail.com to get involved). This group was my heart and soul as a Duke Student- I hope that is can be as much a treasure to future creators as it was to me.

If you want to learn more about how to be a better activist yourself, the Duke Anti-Racism Book Club has some incredible resources and recommendations. They also host some amazing events that are open to the public. Check them out even if you’re not a member of the Duke Community! If you’re a Duke Student, they may be looking for exec members, so there are ways to get involved too! DM them with questions about involvement.

If you’re a woman or gender minority in aerospace, I encourage you to apply to the Brooke Owens Fellowship Program. I’m a 2021 fellow, so feel free to contact me with questions about the application- I want to help as much as I can!

If you’re a Black aerospace-minded student, I implore you to check out the Patti Grace Smith Fellowship! Their group is incredible!

If you’re a student in STEM hoping to go to graduate school (or already in graduate school and are in need of funding) APPLY FOR THE NSF GRADUATE RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP PROGRAM! Read that again- APPLY FOR IT! They offer you and your host grad school money to conduct research. And make sure to list on your grad application that you’ve applied to be a NSF GRFP student- that can only boost your chances of admission.

And if you’re a woman or gender minority in the sciences looking for more representation and support, I implore you to check out The Collins Miller Project’s New Age Girls Group I helped to facilitate during my high school years.

Also, If you’re a group promoting activism in writing, STEM, and/or Pulp, let me know via my contact page– I’d love to help promote your program!

As mentioned earlier, I’m still learning how to conduct activism effectively. I inevitably have a lot of biases to confront in my life too, and I recognize that this is a learning process. I’m always here for feedback on how to conduct my activism better, and I want you to know that any constructive criticism on the matter will be received with gratitude. I appreciate your time and identity, and want to make this blog a safe space for you.

This is also by no means is anywhere near a full list of resources, nor is it all that I know of (I will inevitably go to bed after updating this page and think of like five more that should be on this list). As such, this page will be updated frequently with additional resources! This page was last updated on 07/06/2021.

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