WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) addressed the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) during a tech policy luncheon. During her remarks, Senator Rosen discussed the importance of greater diversity in STEM education and careers, and the legislative actions she has taken to remove barriers and create more opportunities for participation in STEM.
“If we want all of our children to succeed in a 21st-century economy, then all of our children need a 21st-century education,” said Senator Rosen. “I am incredibly proud to be working in the Senate on this very issue, because if we’re going to lead the world in STEM, then we must continue supporting policies that champion diversity and inclusion not just in our schools but across all institutions. Know that you have a partner in the Senate who will keep working so our students can build themselves a brighter future.”
BACKGROUND: Last March, Rosen introduced the bipartisan, bicameral Building Blocks of STEM Act, S. 737, alongside Senator Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), to create and expand upon STEM education initiatives at the National Science Foundation (NSF) for young children, including new research grants to increase the participation of girls in computer science. Last December, the Building Blocks of STEM Act was signed into law by the President.
Senator Rosen is also a co-sponsor of 21st Century STEM for Girls and Underrepresented Minorities Act, a bill which would fund STEM education to encourage female students, students of color, LGBTQ students, and students with disabilities to pursue careers in STEM fields.
Last September, Senator Rosen introduced a bipartisan, bicameral resolution calling for increased diversity in American media.
Last June, Senator Rosen co-sponsored the National Museum of the American Latino Act, bipartisan legislation that would authorize the Smithsonian Institution to create a museum honoring American Latinos.