This story was shared by an NPS student.

Image ID: the background of images 1, 2, and 3 is orange (upper one-third) and purple (lower two-thirds), with a large white square with rounded corners overlaying and within that square, this story in purple font: “I was in my 6th grade math class one day, and my math teacher asked our class if we knew any famous mathematicians. A bunch of people raised their hands. Someone said Albert Einstein, someone said Isaac Newton, and a few other people. My math teacher said, ‘What are the similarities of those people? They are all white men.’ Then she pulled up a slide with a picture of a man with brown skin. His name was Srinivasa Ramanujan. She talked about how he was a really, really good mathematician, but he was not well known because he was Indian. She said she was going to introduce us to a new mathematician every once in a while, and most of them would be people of color or women, because even though they are really smart they are not known as much because they are people of color or women. I thought that was really good because people need to know about racism, and lots of teachers don’t talk about race in their classes and act like racism is not an issue.”

Image 4 has the same orange/purple split background, with the white text “STORY THEMES” running up the lower left side and two columns of white boxes (four per column) displaying our eight story themes. Here, the themes “educational challenges,” “the future,” and “actions & strategies” are emphasized with bright/bold colors and the themes “whiteness,” “lack of understanding,” “race & identity,” “emotional response,” “and hurt & exclusion” deemphasized with paler colors.

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