What does #BLM have to do with STEM education? Everything. Our ideals, beliefs, and systems about education are in stark contrast to what we are witnessing in the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery,as well as the glaring inequities and disproportionate suffering by the Black community exacerbated by the COVID pandemic. We live in an interconnected world where our actions and our inactions have an impact. We can no longer accept institutional racism and power hierarchies that reinforce the status quo. Thus, the STEM Education Center is committed to working with allies in examining our privilege and how we have contributed to institutional inequities, beginning in our own local context. We are particularly interested in having conversations about what we deem as “STEM,” who is it for, who is leading, and how we educate. How do we transform STEM education to be inclusive and anti-racist in asset-based and systemic ways? Now is the time to reimagine and work towards a just and equitable world.
A great teacher can spark a love of STEM in future generations of students, which is why we at the STEM Education Center are committed to empowering them with the guidance to lead relevant, integrated, and inclusive STEM learning experiences with their students and communities.
Through our work, we’re dedicated to the strengthening of STEM learning ecosystems through partnerships among teachers, administrators, community members, and funders—all with the common goal of advancing and transforming STEM education.
We offer undergraduate STEM teacher preparation for licensure at the middle- and high school levels, professional development for current PreK-12 educators, research to advance STEM education, and community engagement to foster equity and access for all learners.