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A Letter to our Community

The community we have built through BRiDGE is intentionally anti-racist and we stand with the #BlackLivesMatter movement. We founded BRiDGE to increase the representation and amplify the voices of early career scientists from underrepresented groups to address a specific problem we observed in our community: the attrition of underrepresented graduate students. This attrition is a product of the systemic racism that continues to pervade academia today. The BRiDGE Team, along with so many individual graduate students in our departments have been fighting this for years and using our voices to advocate for change.

Please see our full letter here, sent to our STEM community at UMass Amherst.

Thank you for supporting BRiDGE as we broaden the STEM pipeline

Thank you to all our supporters for helping us accomplish our goal of raising $2,400. These funds will go directly to supporting BRiDGE speakers in the College of Natural Sciences, and we couldn’t have done it without you!

If you wish to learn more about our work and the amazing scholars that have been brought to the UMass Amherst campus as a part of BRiDGE, check out our website (https://blogs.umass.edu/bridge/past-bridge-scholars/) or get in contact with us directly (bridge@umass.edu)!