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Science & Social Justice

Science often gets framed as outside the discourse on social justice. After all, it is 'objective' research. What does biology, chemistry and computer science have to do with issues like gender equity, racism, homophobia, and wealth disparity? There are scientists of conscience working to answer these questions and to incorporate their findings into research approaches and pedagogy. This page is a collaboration between the ACSJL and Harvard University's DIVISION OF MEDICAL SCIENCES OF HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL.

Hidden Figures: Reflections from a Latina Engineer

By Patricia Valoy, Science and Social Justice Contributing Editor

The movie Hidden Figures was one of the most realistic depictions of mathematicians and engineers I have ever seen. I grew up learning about John Glenn, the first man who orbited the earth, and Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, but it wasn’t until recently that I even knew there were women mathematicians who had a hand in the space race, and it wasn’t until I read the book and saw the film that I even knew they were Black. (more…)

Standing Our Ground

By Regina Stevens-Truss, Contributing Editor, Science and Social Justice When did we lose our humanity and accept circumstances in which we are allowed to say, “I have a right to be here and to prove that I’m going to shoot … Continue reading

Corporate Science Obstructs Science for the People

Recently, in response to an online petition with over 65,000 signatures, the White House announced that it intends to make some federally funded research findings published in pricey scientific journals available to the public free of charge one year after … Continue reading