Feeding future populations in the face of climate change is a leading problem, making plant science a critical discipline. Unfortunately, racially minoritized groups are underrepresented in plant science careers and, consequently, their associated experiential and cultural wealth. Addressing issues related to plant science to improve the human condition is the mission of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (DDPSC), in St. Louis, Missouri, the world’s largest nonprofit plant science research center. We have learned that using plant science education to address racial justice issues can prepare future scientists, while addressing food access and environmental degradation.

Plants are powerful models of the value of diversity for community prosperity, tolerance, and resilience in the face of change. Currently, the discipline of plant science lacks cultural diversity and adequate representation of racially minoritized groups. Diversity in representation and recognition of notable plant scientists from all groups involved in developing plant science curricula and...

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