“Why I Chose to Tell My Story” as Told by Storytellers

October 13, 2021

To date, over 300 young people have bravely shared their STEM experience with the unCommission, pointing to the successes and challenges of preK-12 learning. We continue to be inspired, humbled, and motivated by all that we are hearing. 

We asked some of our storytellers why they chose to participate in the unCommission and share their truth, and we’re excited to share back what they told us. Our artist Emily Jane Steinberg has also created visuals of their reasons for sharing their story, as told by our storytellers. 

Here’s what we heard from these storytellers: 

  • They believe in the power of widespread storytelling, which has the potential to disrupt traditional ways of thinking and lift up communities who are too often marginalized.
  • They know that there is so much variation in how STEM is experienced, and it’s important to reflect on what we can learn from these different perspectives. Many times, these stories might even reveal something that was completely unexpected. 
  • Storytellers shared that that racism has stifled the voices of entire communities of color, and the unCommission creates a platform for these young people to be deeply heard. 
  • They hope that their stories will inspire others to share their realities and elevate their voices to this national effort.  

We are so grateful for all our unCommission storytellers for co-creating this community and collectively using their voices to improve STEM learning for all young people across the United States. 

We thank our storytellers who shared their reflections with us, whose stories you can read below: 

These illustrations feature our storytellers in the foreground with their reasons for sharing their story with the unCommission written around them. Our storytellers stand alongside other influential STEM experts, including George Washington Carver, Valerie Thomas, Ellen Ochoa, Percy Julian, Ruby Hiros, Franklin Chang-Diaz, and Karlie Noon.
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These illustrations feature our storytellers in the foreground with their reasons for sharing their story with the unCommission written around them. Our storytellers stand alongside other influential STEM experts, including George Washington Carver, Valerie Thomas, Ellen Ochoa, Percy Julian, Ruby Hiros, Franklin Chang-Diaz, and Karlie Noon.