Who is Future Ada?
We are a 501(c)3 non-profit headquartered in Spokane, Washington. Founded in 2017 with an original mission centered on gender diversity and advocating for underrepresented genders in science, technology, engineering, art, and mathematics (STEAM). In 2019 we updated our mission to be fully inclusive in support of all people. We changed our mission as it was clear to us we couldn’t achieve our original mission without taking into account intersectionality. It was also clear to us that creating inclusive spaces, where individuals from all diverse backgrounds want to be, is the key for our original and also our new mission.
It is important to us to make STEAM fields approachable and welcoming to everyone regardless of race, sex, gender, sexual orientation, age, ability, class, religion, etc. We believe in the power of having diverse voices at the table and the inhanced creative solutioning it brings. No one should feel they can’t take a STEAM class in school, join a STEAM club, contribute on a STEAM project, or pursue a STEAM career.
Our programs are free by default to remove as many financial barriers as possible to getting our support. We also have laptops and other equipment for our in-person events for those who may not have their own.
Advocating for diversity and inclusion in STEAM via community education, outreach, and support networks so all people feel welcome and wanted in these exciting fields.
To create sustainable diverse and inclusive spaces for all people within STEAM.
Why STEAM vs STEM?
We advocate for STEAM as we believe the Art component brings creativity and inclusion into STEM. Art helps inject more humanity into the sciences and pushes STEM professionals to think outside the box when problem solving.
We are here to create spaces in STEAM where everyone feels welcome and included regardless of age, race, gender, class, religion, ethnicity, education, cognitive or physical abilities. We have an added focus on groups generally less represented in these fields as we want to encourage more folks from those groups to participate in STEAM.
It takes all of us, those traditionally represented and those not, to create inclusive spaces for all people.
Why it Matters
Everyone should be able to pursue any field of interest they have. No one should feel unwelcome or unwanted when following their passions. It is important to us to ensure all people have these opportunities.
Additionally, it has been shown that having diverse teams increases overall creativity and innovation. The fields of STEAM are leading the charge on shaping the future. The problems being solved will impact the whole world. We want to ensure the folks at the problem-solving table fully represent the world in which the solutions are being created for.
Our organization is named after Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace (commonly known as Ada Lovelace) who was a famous English mathematician and writer. She worked with Charles Babbage on Analytical Engine (the precursor to the modern computer) and invented the first computer algorithm. As a result, Ada is considered to be the first computer programmer and has been called the “founder of scientific computing”, the “mother of computing”, and the “prophet of the computer age.”
We draw a lot of inspiration from Ada and her story. Our goal is to inspire diverse current and future generations to be inspired by her as well and continue to push the bounds of STEAM fields… our own future Ada’s.
Future Ada is a non-profit corporation registered in Spokane, Washington, USA and is exempt from tax under 501(c)(3).
PO Box 6
Spokane, WA 99210
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