Rep. Cisneros Supports Legislation to Invest in STEM Education

December 10, 2019
Press Release

The MSI STEM Achievement Act invests in minority-serving institutions, like HSIs

The Building Blocks of STEM Act increases exposure to STEM in early education

WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) released the following statement after two bills on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education passed the House floor. H.R. 4372, the MSI STEM Achievement Act, to support efforts to increase STEM education at minority-serving institutions, and S. 737, the Building Blocks of STEM Act, to increase the participation of underrepresented populations in STEM fields in early education.

“As an education advocate, I strongly believe we must invest more in STEAM education and ensure underrepresented communities are given the opportunity to learn and succeed in these fields,” said Rep. Cisneros. “We must strive to create a pipeline of young, diverse innovators who can strengthen technology companies and lead our country into the future. Their future success in STEAM will fuel American innovation and sustain an economy that will benefit us all.”

Rep. Cisneros co-founded the Gilbert and Jacki Cisneros Foundation, which invests in college access and affordability programs for students and veterans. Rep. Cisneros testified at a Member Day in the House Appropriations Committee and urged for investing in programs that will support education programs and college grant opportunities. He is also a cosponsor of H.R. 1591, the 21st Century STEM Act of 2019, to provide grants to school districts to improve the education of girls and underrepresented communities in STEAM, and prepare them to pursue degrees and careers in these fields.