Henry Zovaro is a transgender astronomer at the Australian National University. He wants diverse nominations in the Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science.
Henry Zovaro: My name is Henry Zovaro, I am a PhD student working at the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Australian National University.
In STEM fields it’s especially important to see role models which are positive which are representative of the overall diversity in Australia’s community. Because as everyone knows, you can’t be what you can’t see, and especially for small children out there who are seeing scientists being represented on TV, it’s important that they see that they can do that.
And it’s important to see that diversity is reflected in the range of people that are represented.
The message that I want to send to all nominators, particularly if you’re thinking of nominating someone from an under-represented minority group, is that you miss all the shots you don’t take, and there is no harm in trying.