During the past four decades, the participation of racial and ethnic minorities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and in the STEM workforce has markedly increased. Greater numbers of African Americans, Latinos, Native Americans/Alaskan Natives, Asian Americans, and Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Islanders currently earn STEM postsecondary degrees than ever before. However, these populations continue to be underrepresented among STEM degree holders, primary and secondary science and math teachers, STEM postsecondary faculty, and in the science and engineering workforce. This entry discusses the patterns of participation of racial and ethnic minorities in STEM education and employment.

Diversity in STEM Education

Historic and ongoing efforts to broaden participation in the STEM fields (e.g., agricultural sciences, biological sciences, physical sciences, computer sciences, mathematics and engineering) have resulted ...

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