A Statement from Dr. Alondra Nelson in Recognition of Juneteenth

Statement from Alondra Nelson, who leads the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and is Deputy Assistant to the President:

"On Juneteenth, we think of Black Americans who descended from enslaved people who live today with wrongs we know, in many cases, how to set right. Our challenge as a policy office is how to do it at scale, across the entire Federal government, drawing on the talent of an increasingly inclusive and equitable research community.

We know with scientific precision the harms caused by toxic waste, polluted air, or air that allows a dangerous pandemic to spread; treeless heat islands where development has been allowed to go very wrong; and a climate crisis that most impacts those with the fewest resources to withstand it."

Read Nelson's full statement here.