Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Services
NSEA is positioned to be an Industry Support System for Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Services. In doing so, NSEA will utilize its network of HBCUs, MSIs and other professional associations, affiliate social organization to help expand and enhance the ability and impact of your organization’s reach to find nontraditional researchers and experts that serve individuals in groups historically underrepresented in STEM and underrepresented communities. Created as a gap-closing national resource, NSEA’s philosophy is grounded in a proven belief that our untapped HBCUs, MSIs and other affiliations in our ecosystem can help fill the void of underrepresentation in the Research and Development arena.
What are JEDI SERVICES? HOW CAN THEY HELP?
The underrepresentation of minority groups involved in STEM have left a void in our national STEM research and workforce industry. According to a study published by PEW Research, more than 20 million young people of color are underrepresented in the field of STEM. According to the article, their participation could help re-establish our country’s preeminence in STEM Innovation and productivity, while also increasing the STEM workforce.
Why Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Services
In 2016, close to half of the nation’s population 0-17 years old was non-white. Future projections suggest the number of minorities will continue to increase (U.S. Census Bureau 2015, 2018). Based upon these population estimates STEM Readiness of students of color will have direct implications on the national economic growth, national security, and global prosperity. Forward thinking leaders understand the implications of these data and have begun to employ JEDI services. For example, The Society for conservation Biology-Marine Section have taken steps to reverse past trends which created barriers for underrepresented groups Frontiers | Pathways to Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion in Marine Science and Conservation (frontiersin.org).