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Hammonds also addressed the climate in academia for students of color, saying that it is well known that these students receive, on average, less attention and support from faculty, with the result that many talented students in science, engineering, technology, and medicine do not see a place for themselves in the academic world where their contributions will be fully embraced. Consequently, many of them choose alternative paths, and their creativity is lost to the nation’s STEM workforce in academia. She urged deans to hold faculty accountable for making sure that all talented STEM students succeed. She urged decision makers in academia not to delay taking action simply because the numbers in our existing data sets are small, stressing that institutions have the information they need to take action now.

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