Statement of Intent
MMSA’s mission is to find inspiring new ways to get people, especially educators, excited about science, technology, engineering and math today, so that our youth can become the innovators, critical thinkers, workforce, and problem solvers of tomorrow. To achieve that vision, we must create a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone can explore, grow, and learn together. We value the diverse assets that each individual brings to our work and embrace social and cultural differences. We are working within systems that are inequitable and biased, and we each carry explicit and implicit biases that, even when unconscious or unintentional, can be significantly harmful. As an organization, we continue to recognize and manage those biases to achieve our mission by first investigating where we lack diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging. We will look inward to identify, understand, and actively remove barriers that exist for certain groups within our learning community to create meaningful, long-lasting change. Ongoing change is needed to create an equitable and just society that strives to achieve our mission.
MMSA’s mission and vision work toward a future where everyone in our society can solve problems collaboratively, use evidence and critical thinking to inform decisions and viewpoints, and build a better world for everyone, not just the choice few, based in ethical scientific research, understanding, and innovation.Moving forward, MMSA will:
- Actively seek out and listen to the experiences of our participants, staff, & partners, especially to facets of the community that have not historically been given a voice in our decision-making processes, with the understanding that their input will help us frame a healthier and more inclusive community.
- Develop and implement strategies and procedures that dismantle discriminatory practices and unconscious biases throughout our organization, including staffing practices and recruitment of partners.
- Identify and remove barriers that prohibit people from accessing MMSA programming, ensuring opportunities and necessary modifications for the entire organization
- Recognize that inclusion is a lifelong journey, and we commit to open, public communication as we navigate change and possibilities for our future.