ST. PAUL, Minn., April 16, 2021 — As part of our overall commitment to creating greater equity in our communities, business practices and workplaces, 3M is setting a new global, education-focused goal. The company will advance economic equity by creating five million unique STEM and Skilled Trades learning experiences for underrepresented individuals* by the end of 2025
“As a global science, technology and manufacturing company that operates across an incredible number of industries, 3M has the unique capability and opportunity to introduce all people to STEM and trades skills careers,” said Vice President of Community Relations, Michael Stroik. “That introduction can start with an experience that gives someone a peek of what could be or fully opens their mind to a path of opportunities they may or may not have ever been thought about. We want to be the catalyst to that spark, five million times over.”
Experiences being tracked toward 3M’s new goal include scholarships, internships and robust student services, varying experiential learning opportunities, 3Mgives monetary investments, and volunteerism. An example of an experience is 3M’s recent gift of $2.1 million to North Carolina Agriculture & Technical State University in support of their Equity and Education Initiative (E²I) – a new four-year program aimed at increasing the number of African American college graduates securing careers in fields critical to the nation’s workforce. The program will support undergraduate students with tailored resources and assistance as they pursue degrees in business, engineering and other professional disciplines.
“In Malaysia, 3M has been actively engaging with educators and students to mould future generations. Some of the efforts include speaking engagements with youths, entrepreneurship training and mentorship, as well as programs tailored specifically for STEM education. With the recent collaboration with Teach For Malaysia (TFM), 3M was able to support and sponsor a high-need school with a teacher for one year and provide various teaching aids such as a Van De Graaff generator, a 3D printer, and laptops,” said Country Leader of 3M Malaysia, GT Lim.
“STEM and trade skills education has been a focus for the company for quite some time, but we felt it was important to publicly commit to support those who’ve been historically underrepresented and under invested in. We believe everyone deserves access to impactful and possibly life-changing STEM experiences. Also, publicly sharing this goal further demonstrates our commitment to equity, transparency and accountability,” shared Michael.
Starting January 1, 2022, the experience-focused goal will be measured through the number of 3M-supported learning experiences in which individuals participate, including those pursuing credentials or degrees linked to family-sustaining job areas in STEM or skilled trades. Results will be reported publicly on an annual basis.
“We’ve seen in many studies that a career in STEM and skilled trades not only positively impacts the individual and economy financially, but it can also lead to innovations that impact the world,” said Michael. “We’re excited to share our commitment to helping someone start that journey through a thoughtful and meaningful experience.”
Look to the 3M News Center for future updates on 3M’s progress toward the goal and for personal stories from 3Mers who are making an impact by taking part in or leading an experience.
*3M defines underrepresented individuals in the United States using National Science Foundation research – focused on Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, gender and people with disabilities. For global definitions, we rely on gender diversity and local context for marginalized populations.