Simply put, that is one of our core beliefs and driving principles. Jewelry is awesome—it’s shiny and sparkly and lifts us up, but our love for people goes far beyond our love for things. We are happy and honored to be giving 5% of our profits to two organizations that provide science, engineering, and technology education for kids and young adults from underserved communities.
I come from an arts background. I am passionate about art. So, it might come as a surprise that this company that is so driven by art and design has chosen to give back to STEM education. I’m a little surprised myself.
But I knew early on that I wanted SUN to have an element of philanthropy built into it, because I think think it's important. As I began researching organizations and causes a recurring theme came into my periphery: tech is driving our future, who is driving tech? Once I tuned into this question the answer came clear to me that it’s imperative that science and engineering be a part of education for native kids, girls, and kids from underrepresented communities across the country. Their points of view, talent, and genius must be part of this unfolding landscape of science, tech, and artificial intelligence, as it continues to be a more integrated part of our culture and daily lives.
These organizations, AISES and AI4ALL, are undertaking important, big picture, long-haul work.
-In Albuquerque, AISES (American Indian Science and Engineering Society) is well underway in their mission to ‘increase representation of American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders, First Nations and other indigenous peoples of North America in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers. With over 180 college and university chapters and 158 K-12 school programs, AISES is a leader in supporting American Indian students in STEM education.
-In Oakland, AI4ALL (Artificial Intelligence for All) is working hard to increase diversity and inclusion in computer science and artificial intelligence by providing entry points for underrepresented high school student through mentorships and rigorous summer courses at leading Universities across the country.
We are inspired by the mission of these organizations and it is our greatest honor to give back.