Black Every Day: #ShutDownSTEM: Connecting Race and Policing to STEM Inequities

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On June 10, 2020, researchers around the world observed the call to #ShutDownSTEM in support of the Black Lives Matter movement and efforts to address the systemic racism that ended the lives of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd. One might ask, “what does racism in policing have to do with STEM and its struggle to diversify?” Drawing from work of the NSF Race, Gender and Social Control in STEM Lab, Professor Odis Johnson answers this question by exploring how the criminalization of minoritized students within U.S. schools negatively impacts their math scores, school completion, and college entry. The presentation concludes with a discussion of how the technological infrastructure of schools and systemic racism collude to keep beyond reach the promise of greater “techquity” and a robust STEM workforce.

Related resources: 

The Collateral Damage of In-School Suspensions: A Counterfactual Analysis of High-Suspension Schools, Math Achievement and College Attendance - Jason Jabbari, Odis Johnson, 2020 (

Disparate Impacts: Balancing the Need for Safe Schools With Racial Equity in Discipline - Odis Johnson, Jason Jabbari, Maya Williams, Olivia Marcucci, 2019 (

This event is part of our Black Every Day Series. The other events in this series include: A Focus on Policy and Policing & Medical Mistrust in Minority Communities.

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Headshot of Odis JohnsonOdis Johnson Jr., PhD, is a Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Social Policy and STEM Equity at Johns Hopkins University, where he has faculty appointments in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, the School of Education as Executive Director of the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, and in the Department of Sociology. He also directs the NSF Institute in Critical Quantitative, Computational, and Mixed Methodologies (ICQCM). Dr. Johnson currently is the principal investigator of the Fatal Interactions with Police Study (FIPS) which has generated a national data file of police homicides, and three NSF-funded projects that examine how strategies to maintain law and order in neighborhoods and schools impact the representation of race-gender groups within the School-to-Prison and STEM pipelines. His work on the interrelated topics of neighborhoods, social policy, and race have been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, William T. Grant Foundation, and the Spencer Foundation. Dr. Johnson’s work and ideas about social change have been featured in prominent media outlets, including the Oprah Magazine, Christian Science Monitor, CNN, The Washington Post, MSNBC, NPR, Teen Vogue, The Associated Press, Vox, The New Yorker, The New York Times, NBC News, The Chicago Tribune, SiriusXM, and a variety of international and local news outlets.


 Event Date
Tuesday, February 16, 2021
Start Time: 12:00pm
End Time: 1:00pm


Via Livestream
Baltimore, MD 21218

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