2021 Memo Competition: Intersectional Science Policy

JSPG and NSPN Launch 2021 International Science Policy Memo Competition and Special Issue Focused on Intersectional Science Policy

 

WASHINGTON, DC (January 26, 2021) - The Journal of Science Policy & Governance (JSPG) and the National Science Policy Network (NSPN) are pleased to co-host the 2021 International Science Policy Memo Competition focused on Intersectional Science Policy. The 2021 Policy Memo Competition and Special Topics Issue intends to raise awareness of intersectional science policy issues that directly affect marginalized scientists and communities. 

“Diverse voices, inclusive communities and equitable policies must be pillars of science and policy. We aim to emphasize and analyze the impacts of science and policy on historically marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, Latinx, women, LGBTQ+, disabled, uniquely-abled and other marginalized communities. We hope this issue will highlight ways to craft and implement policies that better serve these individuals and communities,'' said NSPN Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Co-Chairs, Annabelle Lolinco and William Gaieck, in a joint statement. 

This issue is also supported by the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS), 500 Women Scientists and the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE). JSPG and NSPN will partner with these organizations in a series of writing workshops to provide prospective authors with the skills needed to write effective policy memos.

Since its conception in 2018, the annual JSPG-NSPN policy memo competition has sought to provide a collective challenge that catalyzes the engagement of science policy organizations with local, state, federal and global policy issues. This year’s competition invites students, post-docs, policy fellows and early career professionals to submit memos addressing justice, equity, diversity and inclusion in all sectors of science, technology and innovation policy.

“Over our 10-year history, JSPG has published pieces that address diversity, equity and inclusion in policymaking, but movements like #ShutDownSTEM and COVID-19-related inequities have indicated the need to do more,” said Adriana Bankston, Chief Outreach Officer of JSPG. “Through this issue, we look forward to highlighting resources and opportunities that promote intersectionality in science policy.”

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About JSPG
The Journal of Science Policy & Governance is a nonprofit organization and open-access peer-reviewed publication managed by and for students, policy fellows and young scholars in science, technology and innovation policy. JSPG publishes high-quality articles covering the widest range of topics in formats that are accessible to policymakers. Since 2011, JSPG has served as a vehicle for students and early career researchers to bolster their research and writing credentials in science policy. Visit sciencepolicyjournal.org and follow on Twitter @SciPolJournal to learn more.

About SACNAS

Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) is an inclusive organization dedicated to fostering the success of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans, from college students to professionals, in attaining advanced degrees, careers and positions of leadership in STEM. Visit sacnas.org and follow on Twitter @sacnas to learn more.

About 500 Women Scientists

500 Women Scientists is a grassroots organization committed to speaking up for science and for marginalized communities in science, as well as confronting the shameful history of science being used to harm people - and the participation of the scientific community in this harm. More than 20,000 women of STEM and supporters from more than 100 countries have signed in support of 500 Women Scientists, pledging to build an inclusive scientific community dedicated to training a more diverse group of future leaders in science and to use the language of science to bridge divides and enhance global diplomacy. Visit 500womenscientists.org and follow on Twitter @500womensci to learn more.

About NSBE

With more than 700 chapters and more than 21,000 active members in the U.S. and abroad, the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) is one of the largest student-governed organizations based in the United States. NSBE, founded in 1975, supports and promotes the aspirations of collegiate and pre-collegiate students and technical professionals in engineering and technology. NSBE’s mission is “to increase the number of culturally responsible Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community.” Visit nsbe.org and follow on Twitter @NSBE to learn more.

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