BeHASSTic is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that provides a comprehensive platform dedicated to filling the gaps in traditional educational programs in Humanities, Arts, Social Science, and Technology (HASST). Recognizing the importance of inclusive education, we offer the opportunity to explore over 50 different topics--including cultures, languages, history, ethics, philosophy, civilization, arts, and technology--to any student, anywhere, 100% free of cost. Our diverse programs not only help students advance in these fields, but empower them to become leaders at BeHASSTic and in their communities. We are committed to providing high-quality programs, with no more than 10 students per teacher, so that instructors can interact with every student in every class. Students are and will always be the core of our organization; their requests for new courses create the roadmap for our programming. When a student comes to us with a request for a new course, we will always try our best to provide it. In addition to courses, BeHASSTic utilizes platforms such as a blog, podcasts, workshops, and social media to promote awareness and learning in the humanities, arts, social science, and technology (HASST). Through our website and social media presence, we compile and provide free resources specifically tailored to underrepresented groups, and do our best to make all of these resources known and accessible to anyone who can benefit from them. Providing equity in education is a core part of our mission. Every week, our volunteers visit our local partnership organizations to serve as teachers and role models for disadvantaged students. We also run two weekly computer science clubs for girls in partnership with Girls Who Code, striving to empower young girls with the capabilities and confidence to succeed in an increasingly digital world.
About Our Name and Logo
The name BeHASSTic embodies the four pillars of our organization: humanities, arts, social sciences, and technology. The prefix "Be" is a symbol of the essence and existence of our organization, while the Latin suffix "ic" forms the adjective that reflects our mission and values. - Yellow symbolizes the humanities and represents the importance of warmth, compassion, and positivity in understanding and embracing our shared humanity. - Red symbolizes the arts and reflects the passion and desire, energy and enthusiasm within our BeHASSTic community. - Green symbolizes the social sciences and reflects our happiness and liveliness along with the spirit of unity and collaboration that defines our community. - Blue symbolizes technology and symbolizes our imagination, inspiration, and our commitment to embracing technological advancements and utilizing their potential to drive innovation and positive change within our community. Finally, the circle in our logo visually communicates the interdependence of our core pillars. Through each symbol and color, our logo expresses our commitment to fostering a harmonious and inclusive environment where we strive to follow our mission: nurturing exceptional global citizens and increasing access to equitable educational opportunities for students worldwide.
Founder & CEO
Beatrice Low is a senior at Greenwich Academy in Greenwich, CT. As the founder and CEO of BeHASSTic, Beatrice manages day-to-day operations and actively seeks grants and funding to further the organization's mission. See her founder's message here.
Beyond her nonprofit endeavors, Beatrice is an accomplished musician who has served in leadership roles in a number of renowned orchestras including assistant principal in the Juilliard Pre-college orchestra and concertmaster of the Western Regional Orchestra. Currently studying violin at Juilliard Pre-College under the guidance of Sheryl Staples, she aspires to democratize music and regularly performs at local community events and senior centers, sharing the joy of music with others. Beatrice has a strong interest in chess, serving as captain of her school’s chess team and representing Connecticut in-person at the National Girls Tournaments of Champions for six consecutive years. She was recently inducted in the CT Chess Hall of Fame, becoming both the youngest ever inductee and first female inductee. In the academic realm, Beatrice's is a two-time AIME qualifier, an MIT Math Prize for Girls invitee, and a winner of the STEM research project award at the VEX IQ World Championships. As a scholar and researcher, Beatrice has written research papers on how attending all-girls versus co-ed schools impacts the likelihood of female students pursuing STEM careers and was the first author of a paper published in IEEE Access titled “Risk-Informed and AI-based Bias Detection on Gender, Race, and Income using Gen-Z Survey Data”. In her free time, Beatrice enjoys reading, traveling, and watching sports.