Meet the Staff
Interested in making a difference in the lives of Black girls? Passionate about STEM and workforce equity? BGDSTEM may be the place for you. Join our group of incredible educators and mentors today.
In her role as Program Manager, Kayla supports the organization in fulfilling its mission of diversifying innovation by empowering Black girls to achieve equitable STEM exposure and representation. Kayla’s background includes middle school teaching, as well as secondary instructional coaching for math and science teachers in Title 1 schools and districts. Through working in schools, it became abundantly clear that schools need support in engaging Black girls in STEM. Kayla’s work is rooted in the belief that all students deserve an equitable education, which is rooted in diversity, representation, exposure and meeting students where they are.
Samantha Autry is the operations coordinator at Black Girls Do STEM. She brings a wealth of experience in creating resource development strategies and evaluating organizational operations. Samantha joined BGDSTEM after beginning her nonprofit career at Coxe Curry & Associates, where she provided guidance for fundraising efforts across a wide range of sectors. She has also held an advisory role with local nonprofit organizations to evaluate and build systems to promote multi-division collaboration and increase efficiencies.
A resident of Atlanta, Samantha, earned a bachelor’s in city and regional planning from The Ohio State University and a master’s in public administration from Georgia State University.
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By creating a culturally unique learning space, we give room for cognitive and mental resilience lending to development of a STEM mindset and belief in their STEM capabilities while placing positive role models who look like them right in their path.
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