SEEDS Inaugural Statement of Solidarity
We find ourselves in a historical moment where science, technology, engineering and mathematics are unquestioned as important and necessary for participating in an increasingly technological and diverse society. In contrast, researchers with a long commitment to addressing equity and social justice issues, many of whom are scholars of color, have moved beyond mainstream ways of superficially addressing “STEM” education that do not explicitly address the role of power, hegemony, and oppression in science education. Instead, we seek to tackle issues directly and with transformative action. To this end, Science Educators for Equity, Diversity and Social Justice is an organization committed to researching, building, and sustaining transformative science education with all students through critical engagement.
Given the political moment in which we currently find ourselves, and in light of the increased bullying and attacks (e.g., https://www.splcenter.org/20161128/trump-effect-impact-2016-presidential-election-our-nations-schools) directed toward women and girls, LGBTQIA people; people of non-Christian faith, such as Muslims and Jews; people who are working class, poor, and/or homeless; immigrant and refugee communities; people with disabilities; Black, Latin@, Asian, indigenous, and American Indian communities, we feel it important to state clearly and firmly that we stand with you, and each other. We stand against unjust deportations. We stand against misogyny and trans/homophobia. We stand against anti-Semitism. We stand against xenophobia, racism, and anti-blackness. We stand to protect our planet, and our ecological communities, and slow the impact of human-induced climate change. We stand against economic and environmental injustice, and the contamination of our land, air, and water--contamination which disproportionately affects minoritized communities. SEEDS embraces science education as an important tool for transformative action and social/environmental justice. We recognize that critical and public engagement with any and all forms of oppression is essential, particularly in these times--even if/as we become increasingly targeted for our commitments to critical scholarship and public intellectualism. We stand in support of each other as we continue on this journey together.
ALBERTO J. RODRIGUEZ
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Jean Rockford Aguilar-Valdez
Other Active Members Include:
Sumi Hagiwara email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Barney Ricca email: email@example.com