At the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF), we take pride in recognizing inventors and invention, promoting creativity, and advancing the spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship across communities. As we work to fulfill our mission, we understand it is imperative that all individuals have the freedom and dignity to pursue creative, inventive and entrepreneurial ventures in a safe society, where human rights are respected. As CEO here at NIHF, I wanted to take a moment, in light of the recent rise in violence, harassment and discrimination, to make it clear that the entire NIHF family stands in support of and in solidarity with the Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) community.
As an education-based company, we value the power of knowledge, understanding and varied perspectives. It is essential that every member of our organization, along with every educator, child and family participating in our programs, knows that NIHF supports diversity, equity and inclusion across the spectrum of race, gender, socioeconomic status, ability and experience, and that we condemn prejudice in all its forms.
In support of the diverse APIDA community and all children across the country, NIHF continues our commitment to creating authentic STEM experiences like Camp Invention® and working toward changing the paradigm of who will become creators, innovators and entrepreneurs. This is a commitment we all take seriously. We strive to be thoughtful advocates, and we stand by the powerful voices and stories of our diverse Inductees as we come together globally to advance our shared interests in innovation and cultivating the next generation of inventors.
By working together to champion access to invention education today, we can make a positive impact far into the future. In addition to educating tomorrow’s STEM leaders, it is vital that we create fertile soil for compassion, empathy and meaningful connection. Our collective future demands nothing less.