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Harrisburg University of Science and Technology Provost Dr. Bilita Mattes recently published an insightful opinion piece in PennLive, highlighting the critical need for more diversity and inclusion in STEM education. The article “We Need More Diversity and Inclusion in STEM Education” sheds light on the importance of creating equal opportunities and empowering underrepresented groups in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

In her piece, Dr. Mattes emphasizes the transformative power of a diverse STEM workforce and its positive impact on innovation, problem-solving, and overall societal progress. She advocates for proactive measures to break down barriers and promote inclusivity at all levels of STEM education, from primary schools to higher education institutions.

The opinion piece by Dr. Mattes serves as a call to action, urging educators, policymakers, and industry leaders to prioritize diversity and inclusion in STEM fields. By fostering an environment that embraces individuals from all backgrounds, we can unlock the full potential of talent and creativity, driving groundbreaking advancements and addressing the complex challenges of our time.

To read Dr. Mattes’ compelling opinion piece, please visit PennLive’s website at the following link:

Harrisburg University remains committed to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education and beyond. As an institution, we strive to empower students from all backgrounds to pursue their passion for science and technology while fostering an inclusive learning environment that celebrates diversity.

Dr. Mattes is also Executive Director of the STEM-Up Network, a community of professional women in STEM that prepares women with real-world strategies and relationships that support development and advancement within STEM careers. STEM-UP supports STEM Women in Higher Education, including Students, Faculty, and Early-Career Professionals.  More on the network is at


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