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About Us

ABOUT US

Find out what we are all about.

Who Are We?

The Diversity in STEM Outreach Project will promote an opportunity through early intervention & exposure for students in underrepresented inner-city communities (grades k-12) to pursue STEM subjects in order to develop and prepare for 21st century leaders in innovation.

STEM help students with critical thinking skills, analytical skills, and innovation, which are all important skills needed for economic and workforce sustainability.

To ensure the presence of the underrepresented inner-city population, we seek partnerships from the community and corporations who share the vision to increase diversity in the special interest fields of science, technology, engineering, and math.

Our Values

The core values of Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, Inc are Education, Collaboration, and Equality for local students.  We will utilize our personal and professional resources to seek partnerships to change the futures of local underrepresented students.  We aim to inspire students to pursue STEM as career of choice including higher education option

Our Goals

  • Identify operational funding to promote Diversity in STEM Outreach Program’s Mission.
  • Increase the appeal of STEM fields through early career exposure.
  • Expose more STEM career professionals to underrepresented communities.

Our Solution

To serve as a vital community partner in underrepresented communities of STEM career pathways through education and financial funding by offering more field trip experiences and exponential learning to increase and motivate more African American and Hispanic students to be successful in a growing field for Atlanta and metro communities.

Companies and organizations are finding it difficult to recruit the STEM professionals they need to continue to be successful in today’s ever-changing business environment. Studies continue to show underrepresented schools and communities are even at higher disadvantage.

Schools have drastically decreased the number of field trip experiences for students as a result of budget cuts due to lack of additional funding resources. Learning should be a culmination of in the classroom and out of the classroom experiences.

To increase the number of underrepresented students’ interest in STEM subjects, schools must integrate nontraditional teaching methods through observations and hands on experiences. Students need more exposure and interaction with individuals in STEM careers where they can see themselves in the same field.   This will spark an interest and motivate young people to also pursue a career in science, technology, engineering, math.

Career exploration through field trip experiences and exponential learning will help increase STEM interest in underrepresented communities and help meet Georgia’s workforce for skilled and diverse talent in this demanding field.   In addition, the more we expose we will increase the number of underrepresented talent pursuing a career in STEM and help diversify the number of professionals in this field.

Our nonprofit will raise funds and accept grants to create more field trip and exponential learning that will ignite passion and interest in STEM subjects and careers for students and teachers – especially underrepresented communities. We will demonstrate and model STEM careers are exciting, challenging, and rewarding to elementary, middle, and high school students.

Project Initiatives

Young Explorers in Science & Engineering Preschool Program

The Young Explorers in Science & Engineering Preschool Program is a four week science and engineering enrichment program for early learners ages 3-6 to be a fun and engaging educational experience. Science is an important part in early childhood, not only to build future scientific understanding but also to build important skills and attitudes for learning and innovation. Read more here

Science Sundays

A free community lecture series open to the public, will provide a wide range of current emerging issues in research and science that impact our lives everyday.  Featured guest speakers are respected experts in their fields from on campus and around the world with experience in making their topics interesting and relatable for all ages, with or without a science background.

What Is Included

Each lecture is followed by a free, informal reception.
Time 3:00PM – 4:00PM
Reception 4:00PM – 5:00PM.

Meet Our Team

Take a moment to get to know the team that makes it all happen!

Niakesha Woodley
Executive Director
Niakesha Woodley, MHRD, PHR, SHRM-CP serves as Executive Director for Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, Inc. A nonprofit which aims to promote an opportunity through early intervention and exposure for students in underrepresented inner-city communities (grades k-12) to pursue STEM subjects in order to develop and prepare for 21st century leaders in innovation. As the leader of this nonprofit, she is committed to uphold the core values Education, Collaboration, and Equality for all students. We aim to inspire students to pursue STEM as a career of choice including higher education.

A native of Atlanta, Georgia and a graduate of Georgia State University and Clemson University, Mrs. Woodley has over 15 years of experience as a certified Human Resource leader in workforce planning, talent acquisition, organizational development, and strategic planning. Having worked as a HR leader in many industries including technology, her passion has always been to serve the underrepresented community by exposing the many career opportunities STEM offers in hopes to increase the number of minorities pursuing a career in this field.

The passion to serve as the leader for this nonprofit is a result of seeing many underrepresented children being impacted by lack of exposure to STEM.  We believe we can change that through early exposure of STEM career professionals through observation and hands on contact. Mrs. Woodley believes we have a responsibility to reach back into the communities that deserve more investment to ensure all children have equal access and resources to achieve a positive learning outcome with amazing experiences. She adds,”we have a choice to either sit back and continue to watch the number drastically decrease of minorities pursuing careers in STEM or we can take action to implement a plan to change that”. Our choice is to create a solution to the problem which is the foundation of our nonprofit.

A proud mom to two girls who love literacy and technology she enjoy visiting new museums and attractions across Atlanta with her family. The vision for Diversity in STEM Outreach Project, Inc will expand in 2016 under her leadership we look forward to building long-term community and corporate partnerships to expose all children to opportunities STEM offers. We realize not every child will have an interest in STEM; however, every child deserves an opportunity to be introduced to it and make that decision for themselves. Reside in Atlanta with her husband and two daughters in suburbs outside of Atlanta. Interested in being a community or corporate partner, volunteer, or to donate please email Executive Director.

Ayiesha Scott, MS
President
Serves as President to Diversity in STEM Outreach. A certified professional school counselor for local school district in Georgia has a passion for education and advocacy.
Nakasha Mayes, RN
Secretary
Serves as Secretary and is a registered Nurse in Georgia. She leads a home health and hospice agency in Atlanta and will serve an advocacy for equal access for all children in STEM.
Dr. Clarissa Myrick-Harris
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Serves as Co-Founder & Executive Director OWA Institute. Former Associate Provost at Morehouse College and Interim Executive Director UNCF .
Harry Lys, MBA
Advocate
Is a risk management professional with expertise in workplace safety. Will serve as advocacy for equal access for all children in STEM.

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