Inspiring lifelong engagement and ethical leadership in STEM and related professions is our central mission. Compassion, inclusivity, community building, mutual respect, and providing equal opportunities are foundational elements of the NYSFoundation, and we strive to effectuate these ideals in everything we do. The continuous search for knowledge and improvement is central to STEM education and professions – this includes addressing systematic racism in our society. There is significant work to be done to address the marginalization of and discrimination towards people of color, and the NYSFoundation looks forward to partnering with our students, alumni, and other stakeholders to give our voice and action to this vital endeavor. As part of this effort, the NYSFoundation recognizes there is room for improvement within our organization and our partners and always welcomes any and all suggestions about how we can do our part to improve the lived experience of those who are under-served or marginalized.