As a blind woman in the field of science, I have faced many challenges since a very young age. Challenges aside, there have been multiple people in my life that have supported me and my dreams despite my blindness. There are, however, many other blind people and people with disabilities that want to become scientists who have been discouraged; they’ve been told it’s impossible.
I strive to foster confidence in people with visual impairments and other disabilities. I strongly believe that a unique perspective of those who are visually impaired or have a disability can lead them to innovate the field are they work in. I want to encourage diversity in the workplace and in daily life. It no longer needs to be an afterthought—inclusion is to be a primary thought for all.
Diversity is essential—it helps strengthen communities. The unique perspectives and different backgrounds of each individual inspires change and sparks progress within society. Fundamentally, we must encourage the inclusion of all people in the classroom and foster environments which welcome diversity and differences.
Having experienced first-hand the importance of feeling included in the classroom, I aim to have a classroom that is inclusive and diverse to provide a meaningful education for my students and provide them with the opportunity to contribute to science and society as a whole. I know that all students have potential, regardless of their background or abilities, therefore, I am committed to including the voices of all students in my classroom.