Head shot of a young woman with voluminous curly black hair wearing a gray sweater and silver chain smiles at the camera with her hand on her hip on a white background.

Yamilee Toussaint

Job Title
CEO & Founder, STEM From Dance
Corps Year: 
2008
Corps Region: 
New York
Awards: 
Social Innovation Award

As an undergraduate student at MIT, Yamilee Toussaint watched an alarming number of fellow black female students leave her engineering program under the grip of self-doubt.

This experience, followed by 2 years teaching high school math, helped her realize that that confidence is one of the main barriers that keep underrepresented minority girls from entering (and staying in) STEM. She founded STEM From Dance to unlock the power in underrepresented minority, high school girls to become future STEM leaders by using dance to intimately expose them to the wonders of STEM, enriching their STEM education, and equipping them with the confidence and cognitive-thinking skills needed to pursue a STEM education.