Film Shorts Featuring African-American and Caribbean STEM Professionals

2022 STEMFest Interview

STEMFest Premiere at Woods Hole Juneteenth Celebration 2021

(1 hour 30 minutes)

Audy Peoples, Research Fish Biologist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

The careers of African American and Caribbean scientists and STEM professionals were featured as part of a Juneteenth Celebration on Thursday, June 17th, 2021 with the premiere of STEMFest, a festival of short films produced by students from Falmouth and Mashpee High School.  In the short video interviews, they discuss their work and the challenges they’ve faced in their careers as minority scientists. 

The interviews were conducted and edited by about 40 students in the Falmouth High School Science National Honor Society, the Falmouth High School Diversity Club, and video production classes at both schools. The STEMFest event was coordinated by the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Woods Hole Diversity Advisory Committee,  and the Woods Hole Science and Technology Educational Partnership. 

Tonna-Marie Rogers, Manager, Waquoit Bay Reserve

Sabrina Elkassas, Ph.D. student, MIT WHOI Joint Program

Gwyneth Packard, Senior Engineer, WHOI

Calvin Alexander, Field Scientist, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA

Kwanza Johnson, Academic Programs Coordinator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, NOAA

Silvia Klein, Research Assistant, Marine Biological Laboratory

Josephine Spearman, Education Coordinator, GTM National Estuarine Research Reserve

Larry Alade, Research Fisheries Biologist, NOAA

Michelle Ellis, Science Teacher

Stephanie Poindexter, Professor of Anthropology, SUNY Buffalo

Candace Ulmer, Centers for Disease Control

Matthew Williams, Landscape Architect

Devon Lynch, Professor of Public Policy, UMASS Dartmouth