Jasmine L. Sadler, MBA (18), is both a ground-breaking engineer and an incredible classically trained ballerina. While the two fields may seem vastly unrelated, Sadler not only rejects the “choose one” mentality for herself, but for everyone else.
Sadler advocates that the combination of the arts and sciences is a viable career path. And while part of that quest for unity between the pair includes empowering all people to pursue both artistic and technical endeavors, she identifies her primary goal as finding a strategy to increase the minority pipeline, specifically in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professions, by leveraging an artistic perspective.
Growing up, Sadler noted that her parents were always encouraging and let her embrace all kinds of interests, including both engineering and dance.
“My parents have always wanted the best for me and they know that my calling from God is what I am working on right now … I am living the life I have chartered for myself.”
Being shaped by parents who pushed her to be authentic and confident has inspired Sadler to bring this mentality into her teachings at the STEAM Collaborative. Sadler’s goal is to shape the minds and hearts of her students so that they have a genuine and confident love of the paths they choose to follow as well.
The STEAM Collaborative, a business Sadler started and owns, works to increase the number of children from diverse backgrounds — of all genders and cultures — pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math, alongside artistic endeavors (STEAM). As both a dancer and engineer, Sadler is adamant about the fact that science and the arts can work hand in hand.
The STEAM Collaborative has worked with over 50 organizations since 2014 and has continued to grow, change, and evolve as Sadler has dedicated herself to the calling since its creation. Sadler claims one of the best things about starting her own company is seeing it grow as she does. With a doctorate in education to pair with her MBA she earned from PLNU in 2018, the evolution of the STEAM Collaborative has tracked nicely with her schooling. As she’s learned about teaching and influencing young minds, Sadler has found new ways to make the STEAM Collaborative more impactful, developing new structures of teaching as well as trying to dismantle and repair the current, broken systems within education.
Sadler believes research and hands-on learning are the best ways for educational leaders to develop the skills to teach and change the lives of the students who are part of the STEAM Collaborative. Through her current education, Sadler has been inspired to start giving racial proficiency classes to leaders of the STEAM Collaborative in hopes of teaching them how to work with children who may face racial barriers and discrimination, especially in the field of STEAM. She’s also learning how to promote more creative STEAM activities to get young kids into the material world and spend more time away from the computer.
Due to the expansive educational experiences she’s had and is still experiencing, Sadler is now trying to bring these diverse practices into her own teachings at the STEAM Collaborative.
“Learning things differently and from many people with different experiences has shaped me into a more open-minded and authentic person that is dedicated to fulfilling the vision God gave me,” she said.
Learning things differently and from many people with different experiences has shaped me into a more open-minded and authentic person that is dedicated to fulfilling the vision God gave me.
Sadler advocates for people to live authentically and keep pursuing their passions even if it’s just a hobby on the side, noting it’s always essential to embrace the things you love.
“If you can’t study it as your major or make it the center of your life, mix it in as a fun and voluntary thing. Balance doesn’t always mean an even 50-50 split. Balance is whatever you need it to be at the time.”
Sadler encourages everyone to carve out time in their professional lives to take part in things they’re passionate about. This is something Sadler has embraced in her relationship with dance. While Sadler is passionate about her involvement and running of the STEAM Collaborative, she’s also found she needs to keep moving and dancing in order for her to feel physically and mentally stronger. The integration of the arts into her busy lifestyle has made her feel more capable and eager to dive into the other aspects of her life.
Sadler is currently in the middle of creating an art exhibit for the STEAM Collaborative, a compilation of knowledge, inspiration, and encouragement she’s received throughout the journey of creating the STEAM Collaborative. Her inspiration to create this exhibit came from wanting others to understand the origins of the STEAM Collaborative and allow them to experience her vision for what the STEAM Collaborative will continue to become in the future.
Sadler’s ultimate goal one day is to run a university with a curriculum that combines STEM and the Arts. “What if instead there was the opportunity to attend a STEAM University for students who truly want to pursue STEM and the arts,” she envisioned. “What if they were able to pay for it through a work-study program … so they would still be able to learn? What if there was housing associated with the program so they wouldn’t have to worry about their families’ well-being? That truly is my ultimate vision for The STEAM Collaborative.”
A STEAM University is the initial vision Sadler felt called to from God. She knows what the final product looks like and is working on paving the way for it to become a reality.
“At the end of the day, I know this work is my life purpose,” said Sadler. “God has given me this vision, but I’m still waiting to see how it’s all going to unfold … Keeping my focus on helping others is the best way to stay prepared and poised for when the right opportunities present themselves.”
At the end of the day, I know this work is my life purpose. God has given me this vision, but I’m still waiting to see how it’s all going to unfold … Keeping my focus on helping others is the best way to stay prepared and poised for when the right opportunities present themselves.
Jasmine Sadler received PLNU’s Alumni Spotlight Award in 2022. To learn more, please visit pointloma.edu/Homecoming.