FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration Advances Equity and Opportunity for Black People and Communities Across the Country

From the first day in office and every day since, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken a historic approach to advancing racial equity, including directing every agency across the whole of the federal government to address the lasting impacts of systemic racism on Black communities. For generations, entrenched disparities in our society and economy, at times…

FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Announces Reforms to Increase Equity and Level the Playing Field for Underserved Small Business Owners

The federal government is the largest purchaser of goods and services in the world, buying everything from software and building construction to financial and asset management—making its procurement a powerful tool to advance equity and build wealth in underserved communities. Despite this, less than 10 percent of federal agencies’ total eligible contracting dollars typically go…

FACT SHEET: Biden Administration Announces New Investments to Support COVID-19 Response and Recovery Efforts in the Hardest-Hit and High-Risk Communities and Populations as COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force Submits Final Report

Over the past ten months, we have made tremendous progress in our effort to protect and uplift the hardest-hit and highest-risk communities. Deaths have declined by nearly 90% in Black, brown, and Indigenous communities. The gap in vaccination rates between Black and Latino/Hispanic adults and white adults has closed. Nearly 100% of schools are open…

FACT SHEET: The Biden-Harris Administration Advances Equity and Opportunity for Black People and Communities Across the Country

From the first day in office and every day since, the Biden-Harris Administration has taken a historic approach to advancing racial equity, including directing every agency across the whole of the federal government to address the lasting impacts of systemic racism on Black communities. For generations, entrenched disparities in our society and economy, at times…

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Launches “The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge”

Science and technology must include and benefit all of America, OSTP calls on the American public to help make this a reality Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is launching The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology Ideation Challenge. OSTP Director Eric Lander is asking the American…

Readout of the Fifth Roundtable in “Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology” Series – The COVID-19 Pandemic and Overlapping Crises for Women and People with Gender Expansive Identities in STEM

Last Tuesday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted the fifth “The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology” roundtable.  The session, entitled “The COVID-19 Pandemic and Overlapping Crises for Women and People with Gender Expansive Identities in STEM” focused on the structural barriers women, people with gender-expansive identities,…

Readout of the Fourth Roundtable in “Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology” Series – Emerging Models and Pathways for Success II: Community Centered Research, Participation, and Engagement

Last Tuesday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted the fourth “The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology” roundtable. The session, entitled “Emerging Models and Pathways for Success II: Community Centered Research, Participation, and Engagement” focused on learning about effective approaches to advancing equity by increasing participation in,…

Readout of the Third Roundtable in “Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science and Technology” Series – Emerging Models and Pathways for Success I: Institutional and Academic Contexts

Last Thursday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) hosted the third “The Time is Now: Advancing Equity in Science & Technology” roundtable. The session, entitled “Emerging Models and Pathways for Success I: Institutional and Academic Contexts,” focused on learning from successful approaches to increasing equitable participation in science, technology, engineering, and…

Meeting a Milestone of President Biden’s Whole-of-Government Equity Agenda

By Acting Director Shalanda Young On the first day of the Biden-Harris Administration, President Biden signed Executive Order 13985 on “Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government,” calling for a comprehensive approach for the Federal Government to transform itself—for fairness and equity to become not just ideals, but principles embedded…

Executive Order on Advancing Equity, Justice, and Opportunity for Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered as follows: Section 1.  Policy.  Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) individuals and communities are irrefutable sources of our Nation’s strength.  These communities have molded the American experience, and…

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