Kindergarten to Careers is Genentech’s enterprise-wide commitment to building pathways into our company and the broader healthcare industry for the next generation of diverse talent in science and medicine.
As a leader in the biotechnology industry, we believe we have a responsibility to drive meaningful change both within and outside of our walls by providing pathways into STEM fields for students along all stages of the education continuum. By encouraging diverse representation in the scientific and medical workforce, we can ensure future innovations meet the needs of all patients.
Kindergarten to Careers is an extension of our corporate D&I Commitments and our vision to Transform Society. Through this initiative, we are:
It can take more than 15 years to develop a medicine – and to raise an aspiring teen scientist. Today’s students are the researchers, physicians and innovators of tomorrow. But we recognize the scale of the challenges that make it so much harder for Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, low-income and other underrepresented youth to pursue and thrive in career pathways in science and medicine. Systemic and structural barriers affect students of color across society, within our industry, throughout the education system and at the student/family level, and as a result, the scientific and medical workforce does not adequately reflect the diversity of the patients it seeks to serve.
To confront these issues, Genentech and the Genentech Foundation support all stages of the education continuum and are focused on creating career pathways for students from historically excluded and underrepresented backgrounds by building excitement about science in grades K-8, scaling career exploration in high school, providing wrap-around and financial support to students in undergraduate programs and investing in bridge programs that support transitions to STEM graduate education and training.
*These experiences of inequality are observed to be less pronounced in other fields of study.1
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