Every student has his or her own story and brings a diverse set of perspectives to school each day. Our life experiences and worldview affect how we approach and solve problems. The more voices we hear and stories we tell, the more we can learn from each other and be innovative while creating or solving problems. To increase the speed and depth of innovation, we need to engage and provide opportunities for all students to learn in meaningful ways.
Current research reports that underrepresented populations are not achieving at the same levels in science, technology, engineering and mathematics as their counterparts. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, professional opportunities in STEM fields are expected to grow 12.5 percent by 2022, a faster rate than non-STEM fields. Despite that, black and Latino people each make up only six percent of the STEM workforce.
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