The Work Is Just Beginning

The Work Is Just Beginning
February 11, 2021

Release of Report is the Launch of What Must Take Place 

By Veronica Gonzales and Alyssa Briggs

We are happy to have released “Restoring American’s Position As A World Leader by Reinvesting in STEM,” a report that offers guidance for the Biden-Harris administration based on the work and lived experiences of STEM leaders, families, teachers and others connected to the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice.

But…

The report is just the beginning.

Led and compiled by TIES, the report offers what we believe to be five solid recommendations for how individual states and local communities, can improve STEM learning for all. 

Now is the time to begin using those five recommendations to drive change, action and to deepen conversations.

Here are our recommendations for next steps as well as some resources to help fuel the action:

Share the report broadly. We have developed a toolkit with a customizable press release, sample tweets and other tools that can help with your communications efforts. 

Use the report to guide your thinking and work.  How is your ecosystem fostering collaboration? How are you working to Increase the visibility, relevance and real-world connections of STEM? Etc. We have created tools to help you organize meetings related to the report? Check them out here.

Reach out to Legislators and Government Officials. Is there action that you’d like to see local, state and federal officials take related to the report? We have compiled a few tools that may be useful for this, including sample letters to lawmakers.

Recognize that We Have a Long Way to Go. As a country and a world, we continue to be deeply divided. As we continue to strive for equity, it is important to remember that we have a long way to go and to recognize that we are living in a society that was built on systemic racism. 

Me’lani Labat Joseph, one of our colleagues from the NeoSTEM Ecosystem in Northeast Ohio and principal of Transformative Innovations, shared thoughts about the real challenges that STEM professionals of color face once they launch their career. She mentioned “hostility, isolation, mistreatment, micro-aggressions, the dearth of other professionals of color and industry leadership that has been complicit to racial discrimination and institutional racism.”

“I think we have to talk hand in hand about what communities, families, students and educators need to do in order to increase the exposure and mastery in STEM, and that change has to also happen on the industry/company/workforce side. CEO and industry and government leaders have to be called out as being a part of the problem and ultimate solution,” Joseph said.

Please offer your thoughts to info@stemecosystems.org.

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