It needs to be said, it needs to be understood, and it needs to be reflected in the way we choose to function as an organization.
Supporting early career researchers, empowering educators, and facilitating widespread early access to VR technology are all central to our mission at STEM-VRSE. It is impossible to disentangle race and class from the disparities that currently exist in the access to funding, mentorship, and other resources that are critical to the success of educators and researchers alike. If we hope to build a future that looks more equitable than our past we must pursue inclusion with the same purposeful enthusiasm that previous generations have pursued exclusivity.
As an organization, we are committed to dismantling the artificial barriers that have been constructed to keep research, technology, and higher education in the hands of the few. In doing so we hope to greatly improve future generations’ access to and experiences with reality, virtual and otherwise.
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