I joined the Women’s March on the Santa Fe Plaza in solidarity with women everywhere (“A uniquely New Mexican act of protest,” Jan. 20). I felt truly blessed to be living in a community that is filled with women who, in their own way, are activists and making the world a better place for everyone.
After 18 years of living, working, volunteering and raising my children in Santa Fe, in 2016 I decided to start a nonprofit with the dream, passion and conviction that an education that included science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) could make a difference in the lives and futures of Santa Fe’s youth. I was envisioning a world filled with analytical citizens exploring complex issues for the betterment of society.
My mission became to develop and provide STEM education programs, mentorships and resources to all youth, but in particular those, such as women and minorities, who traditionally have been under-represented in STEM fields. I voiced my idea to a few friends, then began speaking passionately with local organizations and some well-placed individuals.
Today, three years later, the nonprofit STEM Santa Fe is going strong, and I am indebted to the women and women’s organizations that were the first to recognize my vision and support my dream. From the Hestia Fund to the Awesome Foundation and most recently, a group known as 100 Women Who Care, my passion and my dream resonated so well with them. They saw the vision and the unlimited possibilities.
From the 100 Women Who Care members, 151 women opened their checkbooks and donated collectively over $12,000 to STEM Santa Fe. I want to publicly thank Santa Fe women, not only for their generosity, but for all the warmth they have shown me and for their unwavering support.
Santa Fe women have a history of being outspoken champions for social justice, cultural and educational organizations. As STEM Santa Fe celebrates its third birthday this Feb. 7, I acknowledge that legacy and pledge to continue marching to achieve a better tomorrow. Women of Santa Fe, I thank you and hope I can continue in your path in lifting up all those around us.
Lina Germann is the founder and chief executive officer of STEM Santa Fe, and the recipient of the 2018 nonprofit of the year award for the New Mexico Excellence in STEM. She lives in Santa Fe.