Boston Globe Panel Discussion

Addressing racial inequity in STEM education

The compounded effects of a long pandemic, a struggling economy, disrupted public education systems and deepening racial injustice, are having disproportionately devastating impacts on students and families of color. According to the OECD, the U.S. economy could lose $14 trillion to $28 trillion in the long run due to pandemic-related interrupted learning . Interruptions to learning disproportionately affect students of color, who have more challenges with access to virtual learning and trust in the safety of schools. Due to existing racial inequalities, there was already a lack of trust and access that has been compounded by the pandemic. Learn from local leaders who are using innovative approaches and collaboration to advance STEM equity for the many students historically underrepresented in science across the state.