FOUNDATION FOR SCIENCE AND DISABILITY
11:30 AM-1:30 PM, Friday, February 18, 2011
Call to Order/Introduction:
Attending were: Erica Penn, Promita Chakraborty, Yoshiko Miwa, Leticia Velazquez, Kathy McCreedy, Catherine Will, Betty Kain, Jean Morrell, Virginia Stern, Winnie Rodriguez, and Richard Mankin, who presided and took notes on the meeting activities.
The minutes of last year’s
annual meeting in
The treasurer report was
discussed in part. However, because
Angela Foreman, Treasurer was unable to attend, the full report is not yet
Note: (7/13/11): the treasurer report is now attached.
Student Science Grant Committee report-2011:
The committee reviewed 8
completed applications. Six other individuals applied but did not fulfill all
requirements. Lisa Newhouse Dunning, a graduate student in the Department of
Rehabilitation Sciences at the
Old and New Business:
Previous year activities were discussed, including the new FaceBook page, additions to the Foundation for Science and Disability web site (stemd.org), and the annual newsletter. Promita has volunteered to assist Erica in further development of the Foundation’s FaceBook page. Richard volunteered to look into the possibility of developing a LinkedIn page.
There was discussion of the possibilities of expanding the activities of the Foundation or of merging with other organizations that might be developed. This led to a more general conversation, not only of Foundation for Science and Disability activities, but also of EntryPoint and other organizations of relevance to students or scientists with disabilities. The conversation continued after the meeting ended, and several topics were suggested by Kathy McCreedy and others for possible follow-up, including:
1. Most of the information about the EntryPoint program is written from the perspective of the potential intern. However, recruiters and businesses would benefit from increased availability of marketing materials to better describe the EntryPoint internship program within a business context. The costs of participation and the costs per intern should be clearly specified in these materials.
2. Consider approaches to position the Resource Directory of Scientists and Engineers with Disabilities and the EntryPoint database to increase employment and networking opportunities beyond internships. Many will be looking for better careers throughout their lives.
3. A Professional Association of Scientists with Disabilities – This seems a critical need, particularly because there are so few current opportunities for scientists to interact and network. If a grant is funded to develop a professional association of scientists with disabilities, it would be quite valuable to include benchmarking of how a similar organization, Society Advancing Hispanics/Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), has organized its efforts to achieve its goals.
4. There is potential to increase the collaboration between AccessSTEM and recruiters of students and graduates with disabilities for internships and full-time employment. Given the relatively small numbers of candidates with disabilities in STEM fields, a collaborative approach will maximize the use of existing resources and result in better outcomes for all.
The meeting adjourned at 1:30 PM.