A collaboration between the Bayer Campus in Berkeley, the City of Berkeley's Office of Economic Development, and the Institute for STEM Education created an opportunity for twenty Berkeley High School students to work with STEM professionals to take on an engineering challenge, learn about the complexities of career pathways, and tour a world-class biotechnology manufacturing site.
The event was part of an initiative dubbed “Berkeley Ventures, Berkeley Values” to build bridges between the fast-growing high tech sector and students who might not otherwise consider STEM careers. Many of the Bayer volunteers were themselves first generation college students who said that they are now proud to pave the way for the young people coming up behind them.
Following the educational activities, Liz Redman-Cleveland from the City of Berkeley’s Office of Economic Development facilitated a roundtable discussion among Bayer executives and representatives from local tech firms like Caribou Biosciences, LendSnap, and teams from UC Berkeley SkyDeck accelerator.
The topic: What are the business advantages of volunteering and community engagement? How can this innovation ecosystem deepen connections with diverse sources of talent?