Because marginalization resulting from poverty, social biases, disabilities, and other factors impede progress in education and community growth, marginalized groups need programs designed for them to ensure equal opportunities for success. Programs must be accessible, sustainable, and scalable to attract students, qualified STEM teachers, and community support. We work to erase self-fulfilling prophetic bias in communities where educators, counselors, and family members steer students into traditional non-STEM fields of study and away from fields where they are underrepresented (such as STEM).
At Astronomy for Equity, we work to break this self-perpetuating negative feedback cycle. We promote programs that expose students, teachers, and the public to new STEM fields, presenting the fields in a positive light, and demonstrating the practicability of seeking STEM careers.