We Give Back: Vlociter Shares Scientific Studies with Bay Area University Students
Vlociter Debjani Sen gives back to her community by volunteering for ARCS and providing support for young science students to help them pursue their dreams.
I currently serve as a proud volunteer for the Northern California chapter of a prestigious non-profit organization called ARCS (Advancing Research for College Scientists). This group is composed of some phenomenal and progressive Bay Area women who are focused on raising grants for top scholar scientists (both men and women). These young scholars are at the seed stages of their graduate studies in the sciences, technology, engineering, math, and medical research at six Northern California universities (Stanford, Berkeley, UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, San Francisco State, and UCSF). Scholars are selected by their universities, and every dollar we raise goes to them as unrestricted funds to be used in whatever way they need it (no questions asked).
At a time when research in science and innovation couldn’t be more critical, we need to ensure that young scientists in the United States get the funding they need to stay competitive and continue advances in science and technology. I joined this organization because I believe that young scientists need the most support and funding in the early stages of their research and we need to do whatever it takes to invest in innovation and research.
It was no coincidence when my next door neighbor approached me and asked if I would be interested to help raise funds for young science students who were starting out and didn’t always have the resources to pursue their graduate studies. Many of the scholars were working three to four jobs in addition to taking classes and were falling behind. Having been fortunate enough to have received a fully funded education when I was pursuing my master’s degree, I quickly understood the importance of providing support to help someone pursue their dreams without having to worry about financial support. It was my time to give back.
I jumped at the opportunity to help young scholars, who were just starting out, so that they could fulfill their dreams just like I did. In addition to fund raising, we also conduct campus site visits to learn more about the projects that the scholars are engaged in. We work with the university deans to determine how we can support students who need the most support. We then collaborate with various high-tech companies such as Nvidia, Agilent, and many others to learn more about innovations in technology and determine if they can offer internship programs to the scholars. It’s an ongoing effort at many levels to help our scholars and our women volunteers have dedicated thousands of hours to this cause.
At the chapter level, ARCS NCC has distributed $1,002,500 to 77 scholars for the 2019-2020 academic year. And to increase awareness of our mission, we celebrate our scholars, at an annual scholar awards dinner where top students, selected by their universities, get to attend the fund raiser, and learn about the program.
Vlocity Value - We Give Back: Giving back is becoming increasingly important and is prioritized in the enterprise technology business community nowadays. Since the founding of the company, one of Vlocity’s core values has been “We Give Back.” This value aligns with those of Salesforce closely, particularly when it comes to Vlociters volunteering their time or corporate charitable donations in the health and human services arena. This post is one in a series of posts sharing stories of our employees, customers, and partners giving back in a wide variety of ways.