Anita Shervington

Fellow’s Profile

Anita Shervington

Fellow’s Profile

Anita Shervington

STEAM: holistic approaches to engaging under-represented groups in STEM through the arts

Fellowship

Focus

Engaging under-represented groups in STEM through holistic approaches, especially the arts

Fellowship year

2015

Locality

West Midlands

Biography

I am a science and cultural engagement strategist based in Birmingham. I am the Director of BLAST Fest, a pop-up festival and community engagement platform that fuses the creative power of science with Black arts and culture to catalyse social change. My community organising and health development background includes maternal nutrition, women's civic leadership, heritage and culture – all influencing my approach to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) and cultural programming and public engagement style. During my Churchill Fellowship, I travelled to the USA, Canada and Guyana, to explore community-led approaches to building 'science capital' through arts, culture and philanthropy. My subsequent Wellcome Trust Fellowship built on this, exploring how science can be driven by social justice and powered by inclusive, equitable and culturally relevant research. My ongoing exploration continues to moves beyond traditional ideas of inclusion to ownership, belonging, community leadership and philanthropy within the context of systems change, collective liberation and regenerative development.

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Disclaimer

All Reports are copyright © the author. The moral right of the author has been asserted. The views and opinions expressed by any Fellow are those of the Fellow and not of the Churchill Fellowship or its partners, which have no responsibility or liability for any part of them.

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