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Expanding the World of Science: The Potential of Science Communication in Spanish to Increase Inclusivity in Science

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The project described was supported by the Pacific Northwest Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation through the National Science Foundation under Award No. HRD-1410465, the NSF Idaho EPSCoR Program, and the National Science Foundation under Award No. OIA-1757324.

Abstract

The second most common native language worldwide is Spanish. There is a noticeable increase in the amount of Hispanics populating Idaho and attending Boise State. Currently, English is the language of science. Although having one global communication language allows for an easier science exchange worldwide, the fact that science is monolingual decreases the capacity of science to reach a greater part of a worldwide audience that does not speak English. Expanding the accessibility of research by translating scientific materials into Spanish will build a society with increased science literacy. The objective of the “SCIENTIA: communicating STEM in Languages other than English” team is to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM by disseminating scientific findings to the Spanish-speaking community. While disseminating science in Spanish, SCIENTIA also offers funded learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to increase the recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in academia.

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Expanding the World of Science: The Potential of Science Communication in Spanish to Increase Inclusivity in Science

The second most common native language worldwide is Spanish. There is a noticeable increase in the amount of Hispanics populating Idaho and attending Boise State. Currently, English is the language of science. Although having one global communication language allows for an easier science exchange worldwide, the fact that science is monolingual decreases the capacity of science to reach a greater part of a worldwide audience that does not speak English. Expanding the accessibility of research by translating scientific materials into Spanish will build a society with increased science literacy. The objective of the “SCIENTIA: communicating STEM in Languages other than English” team is to increase Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in STEM by disseminating scientific findings to the Spanish-speaking community. While disseminating science in Spanish, SCIENTIA also offers funded learning opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to increase the recruitment and retention of Hispanic students in academia.