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Creating Pathways to Social Good in your STEM career

Creating pathways to social good in your STEM career

The Institute of Diversity Sciences invites students to a series of "social hours" with professionals from a variety of STEM-related fields and diverse backgrounds who work in private industry, government, or non-profit sectors. Students will learn about STEM career paths, receive advice and mentorship on charting successful pathways, and learn how they can advance social good in/through their STEM career.  

We aim to host two speakers per semester. See below to learn about the spring 2021 semester's speakers! And stay tuned for our Fall 2021 speakers.


Christine Fraser, SVP of Strategy & Operations at Dell EMC
Monday, April 12, 2021 6-7PM

Image of Chris Fraser

What does it mean to be a “socially responsible leader” in tech? 

How can you gauge the equity ethic of a company? What do employee resources groups, corporate social responsibility and impact programs really do, and how much do corporations really support these efforts and the employees that participate? 

Chris discussed these questions and her own trajectory in tech. 

Watch the recording of this event here.

More about Chris:

Senior Vice President of Strategy and Operations & IT Services at Dell EMC and a UMass alum (BA, Applied Math), Chris is a passionate champion for women, people of color, and first generation college grads in technology. Over her 25 years in tech, she worked her way to the top and came to hold several leadership positions at Dell, including chief responsibility officer for social corporate responsibility. In this role, she spearheaded social impact programs including corporate giving, sustainability, and Dell’s Women Entrepreneur Network. A first-generation college graduate herself, Chris is strongly committed to diversity, equity, and inclusion and personally dedicates her time to mentoring. Chris provides opportunities for young tech professionals to access senior executives at Dell by hosting relaxed events at her home where they can network informally. View a brief video where Chris speaks to the importance of strong trusting relationships in your career here. Chris has served as the executive sponsor of Dell Technologies’ Women of Color Board, executive sponsor of Dell Technologies’ Northeast Chapter of Women in Action, and a variety of volunteer positions within the community, including support of STEM. For more, see her website here.

A recording of the session and resources to chart your career in STEM will be made available at here after the event.

Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst College of Engineering.


Dwana Franklin-Davis, CEO of Reboot Representation
Monday, March 8, 2021 6-7PM

Image of Dwana Franklin-DavisHow can you navigate a tech work environment and hold your company and co-workers accountable for equity and inclusion at work?

How can you persist and move up in your career (even if you hear a lot of “No’s!”)?

Watch the recording here

Read a brief news items on this event


More about Dwana:

Dwana Franklin-Davis is the CEO of Reboot Representation. She is a collaborative and compelling visionary leading the Tech Coalition’s pooled philanthropic investments to enable more Black, Latina, and Native American women to graduate with computing degrees by 2025 and lessen the diversity gap in tech. 

A lifelong technologist with a passion for increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion in the tech sector, Dwana joined Reboot Representation in 2019 after working in IT, software engineering, and leadership positions for Mastercard, May Department Store Companies, and IBM. Based in New York City, Dwana holds a BS in Management from Purdue University, an MS in Information Management from Washington University in St. Louis, and a Certificate in Project Management from Washington University in St. Louis. 

Co-sponsored by the UMass Amherst College of Engineering.


Resources for social good in your STEM Career

Want to learn more about advancing social good through STEM research? Come to the Institute of Diversity Sciences monthly seminars where UMass scientist talk about their research on diversities and disparities in learning, work, health, or adaptation to climate change. The schedule for talks is on our events page.

Learn about Civic Engagement and Service-Learning. For a course on “Engineering Service-Learning ” email Dr. Stephen Fernadez.

Join the Women of Color Leadership Network

Apply for the Summer Leadership Academy 2021