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ORAU team participates in White House event launching STEMM Equity national strategy

A team of ORAU employees recently presented at the 2024 White House Summit on STEMM Equity and Excellence. The summit was co-hosted by the STEMM Opportunity Alliance and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The purpose of the summit was to announce a national strategy to help 20 million people from historically excluded and marginalized communities enter, contribute to, and thrive in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medical (STEMM) fields.

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