The long-term goal of the group is to promote equality of ethnic minorities within the materials, minerals and mining industries. In the short term, the focus will be around gathering data from members belonging to minority groups to understand any issues they may face in the industry or in education and how IOM3 can help to address these.
The group will also promote the creation of inclusive policies within the Institute, as well as raising awareness in regards to issues such as unconscious biases in the workplace.
Reflecting on the reality of racial disparity in STEM, Nicole Lee GradIMMM, member of the IOM3 Ethnic Minorities in Materials, Minerals and Mining (EMM3) group and Senior Engineer at Frazer-Nash Consultancy, highlights the existence of systemic racism and unconscious bias in the workplace. She explores how employers and individuals can implement positive change to create an inclusive culture.