To solve our greatest global challenges, from future pandemics to climate change, we will need to tap into the brilliance, passion, and capacity of everyone on this planet. Yet, today, Black, Latino/a/x, and Native Americans represent only 24 percent of the STEM workforce, despite making up nearly 34 percent of the U.S. population. There is no path to the solutions of tomorrow without everyone’s full participation. And to inspire that full participation, we must show young people from every corner of this country that they belong in STEM. In an ecosystem of belonging, teachers are the keystone “species.” As the new school year begins, let’s take this opportunity to recognize, celebrate, and support the critical and outsized role teachers play in creating that ecosystem of belonging.
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