About Science in Color
Science in Color functions as an outlet for discussion by underrepresented individuals about topics ranging from recent scientific breakthroughs to the experiences of marginalized populations in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The landscape of STEM is currently and historically lacking in diverse representation, which is a twofold hindrance; people from underrepresented backgrounds contribute diverse perspectives to the fields and, individually, potentially talented people are often discouraged or alienated because of their identities. Science in Color aims to break the stereotypes of what a scientist looks like, and provide a new perspective into the world of STEM.
Science in Color is a husband and wife team who aim to make a difference.
Meet the Team
As a Haitian-Salvadorean scientist, Veronica is the first person in her family to pursue higher education and received her Bachelor’s degree from California State University, San Bernardino. As a mother of two young girls, she pursued her PhD at the University of Michigan, becoming a National Science Foundation Fellow and, in addition to research, engaging in outreach and efforts to improve recruitment of underrepresented minorities. Her time at Michigan was formative; facing a struggle with a chronic illness and being met by the University with a the lack of accommodation, she made the choice to prioritize her health and left her program. Her academic experiences in STEM are what inspired her to found Science in Color with her husband and a group of friends.
Alex Varela is a native of California’s Inland Empire, where he was born and raised. Currently residing in Michigan, he is pursuing a doctoral degree in Pharmacology at Wayne State University in Detroit, where he studies proteases in cancer. Of Central American descent, Alex is a first generation student, obtaining his Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at California State University, San Bernardino. A big believer in science communication and education, Alex strives to make the scientific world accessible to people from all walks of life, especially those traditionally left out.
Jonte is a first-generation college student with a bachelor’s in psychology in Ohio State and a master’s in biopsychology from the University of Michigan. As an original co-founder, he swings by the studio occasionally to contribute to the conversations.