Young kids celebrating at FIRST Championship

FIRST is committed to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion
 

FIRST® is a robotics community that prepares young people for the future. A vital part of our strategic intent is to serve an inclusive and diverse audience, reflecting the population of the communities we serve—and even going beyond through targeted, new community outreach.

FIRST understands the broader societal context of economic, educational, and social factors historically leading to disproportionate access and outcomes. Leveraging cross-sector and industry collaborations, FIRST is actively engaged in developing and delivering strategies that remove barriers and ensure greater access to FIRST programs so that all youth can participate.


 

FIRST has prioritized initiatives, grants, and resources for these underserved, underrepresented and vulnerable populations
 

Underrepresented Populations:

  • Hispanic & Latinos
  • African Americans
  • American Indians
  • Native Alaskans, Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders

Underserved Populations:

  • Economically disadvantage students
  • Girls & young women
  • First generation in college
  • Disconnected youth
  • Those living in rural or urban areas

Vulnerable Youths:

  • LGBTQ+ youth
  • Runaway and homeless youth
  • Youth involved in the juvenile justice system
  • Immigrant youth & youth with limited English proficiency
  • Youth with disabilities and/or receiving special educations
  • Youth emancipating from foster care

Definitions from Committee on STEM Education (2013) and Fernandes-Alacantra (2014).


 

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Stories

Gaining exposure and access to higher education

Carrie Ruddle

Pendleton County (West Virginia) 4-H

 
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Strategies for creating STEM engagement opportunities in high-poverty schools

STEM Equity Grantees

FIRST School Districts

 
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Building STEM culture in Compton

Michael Kurinsky

Administrator of Educational Services-Secondary, Compton Unified School District
 

 
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Robotics opens doors for rural young women

Carolyn White

Grant and Public Support Manager, Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming

 
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Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Statement

FIRST is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of equity, diversity, and inclusion. We embrace and encourage differences in race, ethnicity, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, income or any other characteristics that make our adult-force and students unique.

Exploring, developing and implementing strategies to become more inclusive and ensure access to our programs to all students (as well as access to key supports) is critical for FIRST to reach its goal and mission. ALL young people should have the opportunity to become science and technology leaders. FIRST will remove barriers to program participation for underserved, underrepresented students. Pursuant to that end, FIRST Equity, Diversity, & Inclusion is a concerted, organized effort to develop strategies to make its programs more accessible and inclusive.

 


 

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Contact:
FIRST Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Team
diversity@firstinspires.org

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