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Frontiers of Science 2021

Sustainability: How Science Can Help Achieve
the UN’s 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

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Educational Disparities Are Not Sustainable

February 6, 2021
Presented by Nate Brown
Professor, Department of Mathematics Penn State

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Nate Brown for the 2021 Frontiers of Science.

Educational disparities by gender and race and ethnicity are well documented and associated with other disparities such as health and wealth. In this talk, I will review some of these disparities, discuss how events of 2020 exacerbated them, and suggest things we can do to correct course.

As a child, Nate Brown was one of eight children raised in a blue-collar family. As a first-generation college graduate, education has shaped his life. As a father of three, equity in education could not be more important to him. Indeed, he is a theoretical mathematician by trade but now devotes all his energy toward social justice in the context of education.

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