Pride Paddle 2019 on June 28!

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Photo by Erik Baard

Come join HarborLAB at Gantry Plaza State Park for a FREE sunset paddle on Friday, June 28 (6-9PM)! We’re producing this event to celebrate the last weekend of Pride Month, and are embracing the chance to support local LGBTQ+ students in their pursuit of sustainable Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math careers!

When you come paddling, please consider making a donation to the scholarship fund of the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals (NOGLSTP)! Our event is entirely free and we provide boats, life vests, and paddles. If you’re moved to donate to our scholarship fund with NOGLSTP, you can bring a check made to NOGLSTP with the memo line “HarborLAB Pride Paddle” or donate online here:

https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/harborlabpridepaddle

We hope you can join us as a paddler, or better yet, as a volunteer! We need volunteers to staff the sign-in table, fit life vests, to load and unload, and other roles.

June 28
Gantry Plaza State Park
Volunteer registration:
https://forms.gle/MUAcEGHaAv452K9Z6
Shareable promotional link:
https://www.facebook.com/events/480576862759760/

Learn more about this need:

LGBTQ+ students are vastly underrepresented in STEM fields, and have a much higher drop out rate than their straight classmates.  Read more about this problem below. As an environmental organization, HarborLAB recognizes the need to cultivate and encourage all talent as we tackle the climate crisis and other challenges to our living world.

“Why is Science So Straight?”
https://www.nytimes.com/2015/09/05/opinion/manil-suri-why-is-science-so-straight.html

“Out of the Closet, Into the Lab.”
https://www.mskcc.org/blog/out-closet-lab-five-lgbtq-scientists-share-their-stories

“Sexual Minorities Drop Out of Science Majors at a Higher Rate.”
https://cen.acs.org/articles/96/i12/Sexual-minorities-drop-science-majors.html

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Photo by Inga Sarda-Sorensen

 

 

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