We are proud of our own Dr. Gabriel Roybal-Jungemann, Senior Scientist and R&D Specialist at Science Exchange, who will be speaking this week at a career panel aimed at increasing STEM leaders of color. Promoting diversity in science is crucial to achieving Science Exchange’s mission of enabling breakthrough research.
Gabriel joined Science Exchange after 12+ years in biomedical research and teaching at minority-serving institutions. He is also an entrepreneur, having founded his first company in 2013 to help improve family health and address health disparities.
As a scientist of color, Gabriel will be speaking to minority STEM students about entrepreneurship and to encourage alternative careers and innovation.
Read more about the event below!
This week, a select cohort of underrepresented minority STEM students will begin their path to leadership. Science Exchange will be represented with the participation of Dr. Gabriel Roybal-Jungemann, Senior Scientist, Research and Development Specialist, as a Career Panel Speaker for the inaugural SACNAS Chapter Leadership Institute (CLI).
The CLI is led by Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) and funded by the Genentech Foundation. Dr. Roybal-Jungemann has been involved with SACNAS since 2005.
The institute, held July 7 – 8 at San Jose City College, is two full days of small group exercises, keynote speakers, leadership development workshops, networking opportunities, and extensive community building among selected participants from colleges and universities across California.
SACNAS Director of Programs, Mr. Rolando Madrid says the Genentech Foundation is the ideal partner to nurture a new generation of leaders. He notes, “We are proud to partner with the Genentech Foundation to launch our inaugural Chapter Leadership Institute. Genentech understands the importance of investing in our next generation of underrepresented minority scientists and is doing their part to ensure that the future is well developed and prepared to tackle the issues of the 21st century.”
Participants of the CLI are all part of the SACNAS chapter program, a national network of 115 student and professional chapters that work to strengthen community and peer support for minority scientists at the local and regional levels.
Ms. Tanya Beat, manager of the SACNAS Chapter Program, says, “The CLI will equip students with critical take-away tools including individual leadership plans, mentor-mentee relationships, and a rich network of peers and STEM leaders from California.”
Since 2009, SACNAS leadership initiatives have trained a cohort of 30 PhD-level scientists each year, making it the largest group of emerging STEM leaders of color in the country. With the introduction of CLI, SACNAS is expanding leadership training to the undergraduate and graduate student levels, nurturing leaders earlier in their educational and career trajectories.
About SACNAS & The Genentech Foundation
SACNAS is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers, and positions of leadership in STEM. Considered the founder of the biotechnology industry, Genentech is leader in the discovery, development, manufacturing, and commercialization of medicines that treat patients with serious or life-threatening medical conditions. The Genentech Foundation focuses on three charitable giving goals: advancing scientific knowledge, enhancing health outcomes, and building strong communities to build real and lasting change.