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October 08, 2021

Chairwoman Johnson Applauds Start of National Academies Study on Advancing Anti-Racism in STEM Organizations

(Washington, DC) – Yesterday, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) opened its call for nominations to build an interdisciplinary committee of distinguished individuals that will conduct a consensus study on “Advancing Anti-Racism, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM Organizations.” The study, which was requested by Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson in 2020, will review the literature on bias and racism in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workplaces; approaches to increase racial and ethnic diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in STEM organizations; and offer best policies and practices for DEI and anti-racism initiatives, as well as outline goals for relevant, future research and for organizational strategic planning.

“I am very glad NASEM has officially started the process of forming this critical committee to study the influence of racism in STEM organizations,” said Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX). “The recommendations that come from this study will be vitally important in helping advance our work to eliminate racism in STEM, which has done incalculable harm not just to individuals, but to our nation’s capacity to innovate. We must do everything we can to address systems that perpetuate inequities wherever they exist. That is why I requested this study last year. As Chairwoman of the Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, it is a key priority of mine to ensure that people of all backgrounds are free to pursue careers in STEM fields, and this study can play an important role in making such a future possible for all our young people.”