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Deborah (Debbie) D Stine PhD

I’m Dr. Deborah D. Stine, your instructor. For over 30 years, I've been fortunate enough to work for some of the top organizations in the country as a translator of science and technology to policy makers. I've worked at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine; the Congressional Research; the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; and Carnegie Mellon University. I’ve influenced countless public policies throughout my career through my understanding of science, engineering, technology, and public policy. Many of the scientists, engineers, and health professionals who I’ve mentored have gone on to successful careers in the White House, Congress, federal and state agencies, non-governmental organizations, think tanks, business, and industry. Now I'd like to provide that same knowledge and guidance to you.

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About this course


In 2021, President Biden signed five executive orders related to equity, some on his first day in office.  In his executive orders, the term equity “means the consistent and systematic fair, just, and impartial treatment of all individuals, including individuals who belong to underserved communities that have been denied such treatment, such as Black, Latino, and Indigenous and Native American persons, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and other persons of color; members of religious minorities; lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ+) persons; persons with disabilities; persons who live in rural areas; and persons otherwise adversely affected by persistent poverty or inequality.”  

In the President’s “Whole-of-Government” Justice40 initiative, he set a goal that the Federal government make it a goal that “40 percent of the overall benefits of certain Federal investments flow to disadvantaged communities that are marginalized, underserved, and overburdened by pollution.”  As defined by HHS, environmental justice is linked to health equity issues such as energy poverty, safe drinking water and sanitation, and unhealthy air pollution levels.  

We all know that equity is a good thing, but in order to hold leaders accountable, you need to be able to assess a program's current equity, develop a plan to improve that equity, and then measure progress toward an equity goal. In this class, you'll learn how to conduct equity analysis to answer these questions. Students will gain a better understanding of equity and how to assess equity in science and technology policy when analyzing the status of equity in current programs, changes to those programs, and potential new policies.

Educational Outcomes

In this “learn by doing” class, students will enhance their understanding of:

  • How equity, justice, inclusion, and underserved communities are defined
  • White House and federal agency equity policies
  • Community concerns about equity issues in some federal policies
  • Equity challenges and opportunities in science & technology policy including research, programs, and STEM education
  • Importance, and methods for, community engagement on equity issues
  • Equity measurement in program evaluation and policy analysis
  • Available data sources and tools to assess equity
  • Methods to communicate the results of an equity analysis


Module 4 will be determined based on student feedback.

Students will receive a Digital Badge that they can share on LinkedIn and their CV/resume from the Science and Technology Policy Academy upon completion.  

How it Works:  You can go through the material at the pace that works for you.  The content of the class is presented through short-taped lectures of about 15 minutes on our learning management system called Ruzuku.  You will then practice the content of each lesson through exercises.

There is no expiration date for watching the videos.  In addition, you can get feedback on your exercises during monthly office hours along with career guidance and any other professional guidance you'd like to receive.  The date/time for the office hours is based on a poll of interested students that will be announced on our Slack channel.  

You also have long-term access to the instructor and announcements of jobs, fellowships, seminars, and workshops via the Academy's Slack channel.

Registration Deadline:  Anytime. This is an on-demand course.

Cost:  The pilot  class price rates below are 40% off our usual rates  in exchange for being patient as the class content is developed, and for providing feedback before, after, and during the class on the videos, exercises, and anything else that may help with developing the final version of the class.  

Half-price discounts are available for National Science Policy Network (NSPN) members and for splitting the cost with a friend.  Note that NSPN has a professional development fund where you can apply or funds to pay for S&T Policy Academy classes.   The maximum is $500 annually and applications are accepted on a rolling basis.  Applications received by the 15th of each month will receive decisions by the 1st of each month.  

Students/Postdocs/Unemployed $97   Register at this level

Students/Postdocs/Unemployed - NSPN Member $49 Register at this level.

Professionals $147.  Register at this level.

Professionals - NSPN Member $74 Register at this level

Questions?:  Email

Satisfaction Guarantee: We take the success of our students seriously.  So as long as you fully participate in the course (watching all the videos, doing all the assignments, participate in the Q&A calls and the one-on-one meetings) and work collaboratively with your instructor yet are still not satisfied with the results, I’ll refund your money no questions asked.