STEM Education is a Social Justice Issue
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Saturday, Sep. 14, STEM NOLA founder Dr. Calvin Mackie received the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation Board’s Chair (CBCF) Phoenix Award.
Upon receiving the award from Rep. Cedric L. Richmond, during the 2019 Annual Legislative Conference (ALC), Mackie said: “Through collective impact we are changing a generation. STEM access is a social justice issue through and through. Winning this prestigious award is opening doors for our organization and we’re looking for corporate and philanthropic partners to share our accomplishments and their implications with communities across America.”
The Phoenix Award is the highest honor presented by CBCF. It recognizes individuals whose extraordinary achievements strengthen communities and improve the lives of individuals and families, nationally and globally.
In 2016, the National Science Foundation (NSF) published their report “Next Generation STEM For All: Envisioning Advances Based on NSF Supported Research” recognizing the connection between STEM education and social justice.
STEM NOLA is building an inclusive STEM ecosystem in the greater New Orleans regions to expose, inspire, engage and educate all communities. STEM NOLA has engaged over 40,000 K-12 students, 10,000 families, 700 college students and 500 professionals in STEM events.
STEM NOLA hopes to create broader access to STEM for youth, and embrace the under-represented. Mackie and other education trailblazers are focused on developing learning innovations, steeped in cultural traditions, to enrich the lives of students.