DIY Girls is an organization that values Justice, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion as a necessary framework for our mission. We recognize how oppression, from the individual level to the structural, impacts who gets access to quality education, youth development, and professional opportunities. DIY Girls is working not only to close the gender gap in STEM but also to uplift and empower students in communities historically excluded from this field. This includes but is not limited to, individuals who:

  • Identify as African American/Black, Hispanic or Latinx, Bi/Multiracial, Indigenous, Native American/Alaskan, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
  • Come from low-income backgrounds and/or families with no college education
  • Are first-generation immigrants and/or English-language learners
  • Are impacted by the school system due to one or more disabilities

DIY Girls sees beyond the gender binary between male and female individuals and supports young people’s right to self-exploration and discovery. We welcome girls and gender-expansive youth into our programs to provide an equitable learning space for marginalized gender identities in STEM. This includes but is not limited to, students who identify as girls regardless of assigned sex at birth, transmasculine youth, non-binary youth, and gender-fluid individuals.

Our organization acknowledges the unique intersections of race/ethnicity, gender identity and expression, sexual orientation, economic class, ability, age, national origin, legal status, and religious/spiritual identities. We believe that unique perspectives and contributions are vital to advancing scientific discovery, technological innovation, and societal progress. DIY Girls celebrates diversity within our team and among the populations we serve as we work toward a more equitable and inclusive future.