Course Description

In 2021, President Biden signed five executive orders related to equity, some on his first day in office.  In his executive orders, the term equity “means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.”  In the President’s “Whole-of-Government” Justice40 initiative, he set a goal that the Federal government make it a goal that “40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.”  As defined by HHS, environmental justice is linked to health equity issues such as energy poverty, safe drinking water and sanitation, and unhealthy air pollution levels.  During this workshop, students will gain a better understanding of equity and how to assess equity in science and technology policy when analyzing the status of equity in current programs, changes to those programs, and potential new policies.

Educational Outcomes

In this “learn by doing” class, students will enhance their understanding of:

  • How equity, justice, inclusion, and underserved communities are defined
  • White House and federal agency equity policies

  • Community concerns about equity issues in some federal policies

  • Equity challenges and opportunities in science & technology policy including research, programs, and STEM education

  • Importance, and methods for, community engagement on equity issues

  • Equity measurement in program evaluation and policy analysis

  • Available data sources and tools to assess equity

  • Methods to communicate the results of an equity analysis


Class Hours: Class will meet virtually from 10AM to 4PM Eastern Time.

Coaching (Optional): At students' option, they may participate in 30 minutes of private coaching, which will be scheduled at a day/time convenient for students. During virtual coaching calls, students can receive guidance on the science and technology policy topic of their choice including feedback on the work they developed during the class, advice about applying the lessons learned to their work, and career advice about working in science and technology policy. How to sign up for coaching calls will be discussed with students at the end of each class day.

Day 1

  • What is equity and equity analysis?

  • How is equity integrated or not integrated into today’s public policy?

  • What equity challenges and opportunities does the science & technology policy enterprise face?

Day 2

  • How do we assess the status of equity now and in the future in policy, programs, and initiatives?

  • What data sources and tools are available to assess equity in research, community engagement, and STEM education?

  • How do we communicate the results of an equity analysis?

Related Public Policy Workshops

This series of workshops on science and technology (S&T) policy will enhance your understanding and analysis skills that can enhance your ability and eligibility for policy-related fellowships, positions and promotions. For those already in policy-related positions, they will enhance the analytical tools you have to address both the needs of your programs and asses the programs your organization funds.

You will receive a digital badge for each class and an additional digital badge if you complete all workshops in the series. This digital badge can be placed on your LinkedIn profile, personal webpage, and resume/CV.

The workshops will be taught by Dr. Deborah D. Stine, who has conducted public policy analysis for the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research Service; the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. She is the founder and chief instructor for the Science & Technology Policy Academy.

PPOL 071 | The Role of the White House, Congress, Federal Agencies, and Judiciary in Science & Technology Policy

PPOL 072 | Public Policy Analysis for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals: A Systematic Process for Analyzing and Developing Policy Options to Respond to Societal Challenges

PPOL 073 | Public Policy Analytical Methods for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals: Understanding and Evaluating Benefit-cost, Cost-effectiveness, and Risk Analysis

PPOL 074 | Program Evaluation for Scientists, Engineers, and Health Professionals

Although no grades are given for courses, each participant will receive Continuing Education Units (CEUs) based on the number of contact hours. One CEU is equal to ten contact hours. Upon completion of the course each participant will receive a certificate, showing completion of the workshop and 1.4 CEUs. 

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  • All cancellations must be received in writing via email to registrar@faes.org.
  • Cancellations received after 4:00 pm (ET) on business days or received on non-business days are time marked for the following business day.
  • All refund payments will be processed by the start of the initial workshop.
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Section Title
Public Policy: Equity Analysis and Science and Technology Policy
Online Synchronous
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10:00AM to 4:00PM ET
Aug 12, 2024 to Aug 13, 2024
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