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Expanding Potential

The Expanding Potential program will be sunsetting along with Synberc. We thank everyone who helped us achieve success in emphasizing the importance of diversity and inclusion and spreading actionable outcomes in the STEM community.

Underrepresented groups in STEM face unique challenges when progressing through their career path. The Expanding Potential program wants to change this in two ways:

  1. By helping students and professionals recognize and understand social problems that may hinder progress of underrepresented groups
  2. By encouraging and supporting programs that change STEM cultures and increase inclusivity

Our biggest event each year is the annual Expanding Potential Workshop, which tackles phenomena such as implicit bias, stereotype threat, micro-aggressions, and impostor syndrome. Workshop participants discuss how to address these problems individually and through programs. We also provide seed funding to help bootstrap innovative new programs at various institutions that increase diversity and that can be easily implemented across many institutions. Finally, Expanding Potential provides information, resources, and meet-ups to help people better understand the challenges to underrepresented groups in STEM, and help each other better overcome them.

Access the archive of the Expanding Potential newsletter

Explore the side menu to learn more about the 2014 and 2016 Workshops, Meet Ups, the Seed Projects, and Reflections from all events. 

You can follow past conversation by searching the hashtag #ExpandingPotential on Twitter. Here is a selection of tweets from the inaugural workshop.

For questions, please contact the Expanding Potential program organizers:

  • Shaila Kotadia, Education and Outreach Manager, Synberc
  • Kevin Costa, Managing Director, Synberc,




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