School of Life Sciences


Black in STEM: Sussex student celebrates Black History Month with careers event

A Sussex student aims to increase the visibility of role models for Black students and highlight career opportunities in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) through an online event featuring Black graduates.

Race Equity Advocate and third-year Pharmacy student Deborah Nyaberi will host four scientists in the 90-minute event, showcasing a variety of careers available from studying Life Sciences subjects.

Following a panel discussion, which will involve conversations around people’s experiences of being Black in STEM, the audience will have the opportunity to put their questions to the scientists.

The featured scientists include:

  • Dr Sheryl Perry - Senior Consultant at PAREXEl Pharmaceuticals, with a background in clinical pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics
  • Amri Johnson - Executive Advisor, Inclusion Strategist with a background in epidemiology
  • Dr Julia Jones - Founder of Aray, a social entrepreneur and software developer with a background in medical science
  • Ama Frimpong - University of Sussex Chemistry graduate, currently a Data Engineer at the Bank of England.

Speaking about the event, Deborah said: “This event will highlight the stories of four remarkable and successful Black individuals who have completed Life Sciences degrees and now work in industry, related fields and who have entered different fields. We will be hearing first hand and discussing their experiences as a Black person throughout their academic lives, from university into their subsequent careers.”

Co-lead of EDI for the School of Life Sciences, Dr Katy Petherick, said: “This project is a welcome contribution to our work addressing inequities in the School. We recognise that the lack of diversity and representation in our staff has a profound effect on how students of colour see their place in science and we are pleased to support the event.”

The event is a legacy from previously held events organised by Race Equity Advocate and PhD student Kamillia Kasbi.

The panel discussion will take place during Black History Month, on Wednesday 28 October, 6-7.30pm. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. Registration is via Eventbrite.

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Last updated: Monday, 26 October 2020

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