Dear Sheila Jaswal,
We hope this letter finds you well. We wanted to thank you so much for coming to speak at our DiversiTea event at Yale. We are incredibly grateful for the time you took to visit New Haven and the honesty and care you put into all of your discussions with us and the other students. It was an inspiring moment of cross-collegiate unity in a joint mission to promote diversity within the STEM fields and to make the STEM environment more welcoming to all students. It also provided us with a valuable look into the Amherst College environment and the ways that we can make our own college environment similarly welcoming. Because of your visit our Physics Department has started its own course called Being Human in STEM, modeled on the course you and your students created. You’ve not only helped to spark meaningful discussions but you’ve also helped us to enact real change in our STEM classes. DiversiTea is in its inaugural year and it is an organization at Yale that bridges the undergraduates, the graduate students, faculty, and staff in its mission to promote diversity within the STEM fields. As such we also wanted to thank you for inspiring us with your own dedication to issues of diversity within your STEM career, both in the classroom and in the lab.
Thanks again for coming to speak with us and for helping us improve our own Yale STEM environment.