Why STEM Needs to Focus on Social Justice | Washington Monthly

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An article in the Washington Monthly makes the case that a focus on social justice is an important motivation for many Black students to pursue degrees and careers in STEM, and that the extent to which that is welcomed is an important factor in their success:

“[T]he current tendency for STEM academics to ignore social justice presents a major opportunity. If Black STEM students are disproportionately interested in using their degrees to make the world more equitable and fair, then STEM departments can attract and retain more Black students by making these themes central to their curriculums. Doing so will have two sets of benefits: It will help Black people enter well-paying professions, and it will help create a corps of scientists and engineers focused on making a more just planet.”