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Abstract Title: Dispatches from the Front Lines: Evidenced Takeaways for Politics and Policy
Abstract: Traditionally, many programs and policy interventions focused on improving the academic success of women and minorities in STEM are grounded largely in the good intentions and social justice motivations of program leaders and policymakers.  Meanwhile, research on effective intervention strategies has been meager, as are evidence-based policy prescriptions or legislative actions.  In this paper, we will discuss how research such as the papers presented in this session can be (and recently have been) applied during the current STEM-focused education policy context, often in unexpectedly political ways.  While we applaud both the political energy and growing opportunities directed toward STEM education and careers, including considerable focus on broadening participation in these fields, we observe greater increases linguistic sophistication than in substantive and progressive policy intervention. We will provide examples of evidenced takeaways for politics and policy which promote success for all participants in the STEM education and careers.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Targeted Session: Finding a Home for All of Myself: Intersectionality in Identity Formation for Women of Color in Physics

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel Kachchaf
and Co-Presenter(s)
Apriel K Hodari, Council for Opportunity in Education;
Lorelle Espinosa, Abt Associates