Community Resources

BEAM: Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities

BEAM is a non-profit organization dedicated to building diversity in STEM fields by encouraging, supporting and preparing underrepresented students of all ages to pursue a future in STEM.

The organization was founded in 1982 by a consortium of the UB School of Engineering, Linde-Union Carbide (now Praxair, Inc.), Omega Psi Phi Fraternity and the Buffalo Public Schools.

BEAM offers a variety of programs throughout the year that are designed to provide hands-on experiences in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Erie, Niagara and the Southern Tier

Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks to remove the obstacles and barriers to achievement for all young people by connecting them with a mentor. The organization was born out of justice to create equity for youth and brings together diverse communities so that all kids can feel included. 

Engineer Girl

Engineer Girl is a website designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women. The site features interviews with female engineers, including UB's Dean of Undergraduate Education Ann Bisantz.

The website offers information about careers in engineering and how to become an engineer. It is a service of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

Girl Develop It

Girl Develop It is a nonprofit organization that provides affordable programs for adult women interested in learning web and software development in a judgment-free environment.

Pathways to Science

Pathways to Science supports pathways to the STEM fields: science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, with a particular emphasis on connecting underrepresented groups with STEM programs, funding, mentoring and resources. The website provides information on programs such as undergraduate summer research opportunities, graduate fellowships, postdoctoral positions, as well as resources and materials pertaining to recruitment, retention, and mentoring. It is a project of the Institute for Broadening Participation (IBP).

Western New York STEM Hub

The WNY STEM Hub creates awareness and partnerships that serve students, teachers and parents in accessing STEM/STEAM learning and careers. This is achieved by providing events, experiences and resources through collaboration of the extensive network of cross-sector members and partners.