SCSU Innovation Hub hosts the annual, “Connecting Students and Professionals of Color”; a community building series designed to foster a network of students and professionals from underrepresented backgrounds.

Since 2021, we have been working with a group of dedicated professionals at Boehringer Ingelheim and members of the Global Black Community at Pfizer. They initially reached out to us seeking to foster the development of a pipeline between a predominantly minority serving school and their companies. Based on a series of focus groups between students and the industry professionals, we initiated the community building event which we call, “Connecting Students and Professionals of Color”.

Connecting Students and Professionals of Color is especially developed for those who identify as Black or African American and LatinX and to build a deeper sense of awareness, especially among students, regarding how they can successfully pursue promising career paths in STEM or Bioscience. During this event, students are encouraged to participate in discussions around barriers common to URM (underrepresented minority) students, attend thematic and informational break-out sessions, and network with professionals of color.