American Association for the Advancement of Science
A strong education in STEM is essential for all students, whether they grow up to pursue a STEM career or just apply scientific reasoning and knowledge in their day-to-day lives. AAAS (American Association for the Advancement of Science) is committed to ensuring that everyone has the opportunity to contribute to, and to benefit from, science and engineering by encouraging the recruitment, development, and retention of scientists. AAAS provides tools and programs that expand access to STEM education, strengthen and diversify the science and technology workforce, amplify underrepresented and marginalized voices within STEM, and nurture talent and interest in scientific endeavors. The tools and resources AAAS provides help science advocates effectively communicate within their communities and with key decision-makers.
Mona’s Impact
I am proud to say that I serve as one of these advocates for multiple underrepresented and marginalized groups within STEM, and I strongly support the mission statement of the AAAS. I strive to create a more accessible, inclusive environment in STEM education, and I am delighted to say AAAS has accomplished great progress toward this goal. Every year I have the pleasure to attend the AAAS Emerging Researchers National Conference in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Workshop. In 2020, the theme revolved around bringing diverse researchers into the field. As a diverse contributor to the STEM field myself, this was an important opportunity for me to inspire all students to pursue their dreams and goals in STEM.