In 2023, The National Science Foundation (NSF) renamed the INCLUDES Program to honor Eddie Bernice Johnson’s work in civil rights, and her crucial role in advancing science policy, including the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and CHIPS and Science Act of 2022.
A tireless advocate for equality, equity, and opportunity in STEM, Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson (1934-2023) was a dynamic force for ensuring that America’s commitment to science is pursued with the understanding that diversity is a core component for meaningful discovery, progress, and innovation.
The STEM PUSH Network joins the many mourning the passing, and also celebrating the life and legacy of Eddie Bernice Johnson, as we are guided by the same core belief that knowledge derived from a broad spectrum of lived experiences leads to better outcomes and better futures.
As we launch into 2024, STEM PUSH reflects on what we’ve learned during the last year, including take-aways from learning cycles, our quality standards and understanding equity in STEM. This month’s newsletter provides a look back at what we have accomplished this past year in furthering the important work of fostering innovation through equity and inclusion, and as we move forward into a new year, we remain committed to, and inspired by, the possibilities of inclusive STEM education.