MAGNIFY – ISSUE 9
As we introduce the 9th issue of MAGNIFY, our journey continues to celebrate and amplify the voices of empowered women of colour in STEM. This issue marks another step in our ongoing mission to spotlight the remarkable accomplishments of these extraordinary individuals.
We are thrilled to share the stories and achievements of women who have been contributing to their fields in profound ways:
Spotlight on STEM Sisters Volunteer – Join us in recognizing the dedicated efforts of Christine Tolotchkov, one of our remarkable volunteers who embodies the spirit of STEM Sisters.
Ambassador Spotlight – We shine a light on Sowmiya Selvakumaraswamy, an Ambassador who has been a driving force behind our mission to empower women of colour in STEM.
Cultural Intelligence on Cuba – Explore the cultural intricacies of Cuba in our journey to understand the diverse perspectives that enrich our STEM community.
Big Sisters STEM Story – Academic Excellence – Dive into the academic journey of Paris Nassirnia, a trailblazing woman of colour in STEM, as she shares her experiences and accomplishments.
International to Local Success Story – Discover the inspiring journey of Divyangana Sharma, a story that exemplifies the transformative power of an international student.
Big Sisters STEM Story – Industry Impact – Meet Shelly Agarwal, a woman of colour who has made significant strides in the STEM industry, breaking barriers and inspiring others along the way.
STEM Mothers – Dr. Suzanne Martin offers her unique perspective on balancing the demands of a STEM career with the joys of motherhood.
My STEM PhD – Manika Saha shares her experiences and insights from her journey pursuing a STEM Ph.D., offering valuable advice to aspiring researchers.
STEM Arts Corner – Explore the intersection of science and art, where creativity meets technology and gives rise to breathtaking expressions.
Women of Colour Entrepreneur – Dr Anushi Kulasiri’s entrepreneurial spirit and innovative ventures are showcased, offering inspiration to those aspiring to make their mark.
This issue is a testament to the dedication, brilliance, and determination of women of colour in STEM. It is both a celebration of their achievements and a reminder of the work that remains in dismantling systemic barriers and biases.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our contributors, readers, and supporters who have been instrumental in our journey. Together, let us persist in amplifying the voices of the underrepresented, challenging existing norms, and creating a more diverse and inclusive future within STEM.
I am thrilled to welcome you to the 9th issue of MAGNIFY, our digital sanctuary dedicated to honouring the triumphs and contributions of women of colour in STEM fields.
This recognition reaffirms the profound impact we can make when we elevate the voices and experiences of women of colour in STEM. It underscores the potency of storytelling and the vital role of representation in challenging societal norms and biases.
Within these pages, we continue our odyssey of empowerment and inspiration through the remarkable stories of formidable women. We present interviews with trailblazing entrepreneurs, pioneering researchers, and dedicated advocates who propel transformation within their respective domains.
The 9th issue of MAGNIFY stands as a testament to the resilience, brilliance, and unwavering determination of women of colour in STEM.
It is a jubilation of their accomplishments while simultaneously serving as a poignant reminder of the substantial journey that remains, replete with dismantling systemic barriers and biases.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to all our cherished contributors, avid readers, and staunch supporters. Without your steadfast encouragement, the continued prosperity of MAGNIFY would remain a distant dream.
As we immerse ourselves in the narratives enclosed herein, let us remember the gravity of this responsibility it bestows upon us. Together, let us persist in amplifying the voices of the underrepresented, challenging the existing norms, and carving a pathway towards an ever more diverse and inclusive future within STEM.
Dr Ruwangi Fernando
STEM Sisters – Founder and Director
MAGNIFY – Editor-in-Chief
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