Women Untold: Lawrence Tech Student-Produced Film Celebrates Diversity and Inclusion in STEM

Women Untold documentary poster design includes profile of a woman

Lawrence Technological University’s Marburger STEM Center recently collaborated with students enrolled in the Media Communications Program to develop a new 30-min student film, Women Untold, which celebrates the important contributions of three women of color in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

Women Untold focuses on the careers of Alice Augusta Ball, a chemist who developed a treatment for leprosy in the early 20th century, Dr. Jewel Plummer Cobb, a biologist who later was president of a research university, and Dr. Evelyn Boyd Granville, a mathematician, who completed calculations for NASA missions. Why should you watch this film? You should watch this film because representation matters and these women made some amazing contributions that greatly benefited our society. This student film (see video 1) can be used as an educational tool in K-12 and college classrooms making key connections to STEM and humanities disciplines. Women Untold provides a platform to tell diverse stories in STEM for public engagement.

Video 1: Women Untold documentary, Lawrence Tech University YouTube Channel, Published May 13, 2019 (accessed 6/2/19)

THE CREW: Marie Anne Torres-Lopez (director, producer, writer), Isabella Forsthoffer (editor, producer, videographer), Genna Skalski (voice-over/narrator), Carlos Gonzalez (graphic designer), Tristan Littles (videographer), Dacey Cook (editor and motion graphics developer), Elise Ritschdorff (editor and videographer), Stephen Baird (assistant producer and director of photography), Chase Kaufman (producer, editor, videographer), and Sibrina Collins (executive producer).

The Preview Image: The poster promoting the Women Untold documentary was designed by a Lawrence Tech graphic artist student, Carlos Gonzalez (Image 1). 

Image 1: Poster promoting the Women Untold documentary

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This work was generously supported by funding from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant. We wish to thank Dr. Lior Shamir in the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science and Professor Jody Gaber in the Department of Humanities, Social Sciences and Communication at Lawrence Technological University for their support and contributions.

Publication Date: 
Monday, May 13, 2019