ICICLE Next Generation (NextGens)
Launching a community for all ICICLE NextGens - students and postdocs, to stay connected across all partner institutions! The purpose of launching ICICLE NextGens is to create a sense of broad community.
Monthly community events provide ICICLE NextGens an opportunity to talk about what they’re working on from their perspective and attend live webinars from prominent people in STEM working on ICICLE at the participating institutions.
This structure allows the topic of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion to be wrapped into the general offerings for all community members who are interested in how the topic may apply to themselves or their fellow members. This also gives each person the power to self-select into what gives value to them and what they’re interested in furthering their learning in.
The goal is for the entire pipeline to improve through these efforts while providing the ICICLE NextGens an opportunity to learn and encourage how that is good for one’s career and overall good for the person to build a community with other ICICLE NextGens.
This allows the community to raise awareness of unconscious biases, an expectation of all ICICLE NextGens to do their due diligence in STEM.
Achieving critical mass is key for an online community to be sustainable. The momentum, all ICICLE NextGens would have year after year would allow for more interactions and also create general awareness of STEM resources.