Mariana da Silva Schneider, a brewer at Amager Bryghus (Brewery) in Denmark, was selected as the winner of the UC Davis “Pour it Forward” scholarship. The crowdfunded scholarship, designed to support diversity, leadership and cross-cultural understanding in the brewing industry, provides full enrollment into the prestigious online UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program. Schneider was selected from 31 applicants for the first annual Pour it Forward award.
“After a very difficult year, this was the type of news I had wished for,” said Schneider. “I want a challenge, not the one of tackling all sorts of biases on a daily basis, but one that helps me put my mind to work and become a better professional, one that hopefully somewhere down the line will help make the beer industry a safe and welcoming one to all people.”
Schneider has been brewing professionally for 6 years and is the founder of Global Ladies of Wort (GLOW), a nonprofit brewing collective focused on tackling gender bias in the brewing industry. Although GLOW started as a result of the experience of women in the industry, it clearly doesn’t end at gender, Schneider said. “This walks hand in hand with LGBTQ visibility, the struggles of the BIPOC community, the lack of representation of persons with disabilities and so on,” she said.
“We reviewed many excellent candidates, but Mariana’s qualifications, passion and commitment stood out,” said Dr. Glen Fox, the Anheuser-Busch Endowed Professor of Malting and Brewing Sciences at UC Davis and the academic director of the UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program. “Ensuring equity and equality in an industry takes time, but education and the leadership of brewers like Mariana are the first steps.”
According to a recent survey by the Brewers Association, more than 93% of U.S. craft brewery owners are White (non-Hispanic) and over 75% are male, highlighting the opportunity to incorporate more diverse perspectives in the industry. “Fostering diversity in the brewing community is not only an ethical effort to removing barriers to access and advancement for underrepresented and marginalized groups, it presents a number of opportunities for brewers to innovate, maximize talent and develop relationships with larger and more vibrant consumer bases,” said Dr. J Jackson-Beckham, Equity & Inclusion Partner at the Brewers Association.
The Pour it Forward scholarship was created to support students who are committed to diversity, have experience and/or understanding of the barriers traditionally faced by people from underrepresented populations (based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disabilities…) and demonstrate a high potential for leadership in promoting cross-cultural understanding in the brewing industry.
The scholarship was developed through a crowdfunding campaign, which generated more than $21,000 from individual donors and brewing industry partners, including Deschutes Brewery, Yakima Chief Hops, El Segundo Brewing, North Coast Brewing Company, Sudwerk Brewing, Touchstone Brewing Company, Seismic Brewing Company, CLS Farms and Great Western Malting.
The UC Davis Master Brewers Certificate Program is offered by UC Davis Continuing and Professional Education (CPE), the workforce development arm of the university. For more than 60 years, CPE has blended the distinctive academic expertise of UC Davis with practical training that immediately improves capability and job performance. This “Career Curriculum” supports working professionals as they refresh and expand job skills over the course of their careers.