Our program is designed to provide WOC with the resources, tools, and support needed to overcome the unique challenges and barriers they may face in pursuing careers in STEM.


Mentorship for success in STEM

At STEM SIS, we believe mentoring is a powerful tool for supporting career development and growth. Our program is designed to facilitate meaningful mentor-mentee relationships that allow mentees to learn from the experiences of their mentors, gain valuable insights into the STEM industry, and develop the skills needed to succeed in their careers.

We are committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion in our program. We believe that supporting WOC in STEM careers can create a more inclusive and equitable future for all.

Get to know

the team behind the mission

Our Founder

Dr Ruwangi Fernando is an IT specialist with a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from Victoria University. She is a trailblazer and a changemaker for women of colour in STEM and advocates for an intersectional approach to diversity and inclusion in the Australian STEM sector. She founded STEM Sisters, an organization empowering women of colour in STEM, and co-founded iSTEM Co., a company focused on enabling the employment of women including women of colour and women from CALD backgrounds in Australia’s STEM organizations. Dr Fernando is a leader, researcher, consultant, entrepreneur, AI specialist, and speaker devoted to advocating for diversity and inclusion in STEM.

“Mentoring is the catalyst that empowers STEM women of colour to break barriers, overcome challenges, and soar to new heights, illuminating a path of diversity, innovation, and excellence.”
dr Ruwangi fernando

Our leaders

Advisory panel