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The Banneker Institute was founded, with support from Congress, to combine many of the existing initiatives addressing low performance and participation rates of African Americans in science and math related studies and professions. The Institute will work to identify, create, and/or support pilot projects designed to demonstrate the effectiveness of the most promising approaches.
The mission includes the following elements:
To cause African Americans to identify with, to see themselves as excellent in, and to choose to pursue science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers and fields of study.
To increase resource availability so that all African Americans who aspire to pursue STEM careers will have sufficient support.
To identify and take to scale programs with demonstrated success at increasing the number of African Americans who choose to pursue STEM careers and fields of study.
To identify, assemble, and promulgate information about individuals, institutions, and programs involved in increasing the number of African Americans who choose to pursue STEM careers and fields of study.
To ensure that the educational pipeline is adequately populated at all levels with African American students preparing to pursue STEM careers and fields of study.