A new media training program for women in STEM from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) aspires to increase diversity in the Australian media while giving participants the skills and confidence to engage proactively with journalists.

The pilot program is a collaboration between the Australian Science Media Centre and STEM Sisters with support from the Victorian Lead Scientist’s Office and is available for CALD Women in STEM in Victoria.

“We’re very excited to be working with STEM Sisters and the AusSMC to develop this inaugural training program for CALD women in STEM. We believe that all women in STEM regardless of their background should have the opportunity and confidence to work with the media,” said Victoria’s Lead Scientist, Dr Amanda Caples.

The AusSMC runs many training programs for scientists, including the Indigenous Media Mentoring Program and the media training component of the Superstars of STEM program run by Science and Technology Australia. But this is the first time they have offered training specifically for CALD women in STEM.

“Women of colour in STEM need extra support to overcome the challenges of gender and racial bias. We hope this program will go some way towards empowering these women to raise their profile and be heard in the STEM space,” said Dr Ruwangi Fernando, founder of STEM Sisters.

“We are very grateful to the Victorian Lead Scientist’s Office for giving us this opportunity and hope that we can extend this important training to CALD women in STEM in other states in future,” said AusSMC CEO Dr Susannah Eliott.

“We all benefit from a diversity of voices in the media and this kind of specialised training can really help break down barriers.”

For more information, contact Susannah Eliott at the AusSMC - email: info@smc.org.au

Also, check out our free media training resource: ScienceMediaSavvy.org