"We are not accustomed to thinking about equity in context of innovation. In recent years, we have begun to recognize that marginalized communities are often unable to access the benefits of science and technology, but may be disproportionately subject to the harms."Shobita Parthasarathy, in her testimony before the U.S. House Committee of Science, Space, and Technology, Subcommittee on Energy on July 16, 2021.
STPP in the Community
Faculty and students influence science and technology policy throughout the year.
Faculty thought leaders regularly contribute to the public discourse and testify before Congress. Students have opportunities for hands-on learning by meeting with policymakers and their staff.
Shobita Parthasarathy: House Appropriations Committee-Strategies for Energy and Climate Innovation
Watch this House Appropriations Committee meeting featuring Shobita Parthasarathy's testimony. February...Watch the video
Melvin Washington II
Program Associate, Vera Institute of Justice
"Policymakers are not automatons that objectively evaluate data and make perfectly rational decisions. The way they react to the scientific findings we present to them is shaped by a combination of their own value judgements regarding specific forms of knowledge production, expertise, ethical mandates, and pragmatism. My STPP experience has helped me to understand and unpack how stakeholders relate to knowledge in a way that improves my ability to communicate data in a cogent manner, to a variety of audiences."Read his alumni spotlight