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Diverse role models mold the futures students envision

Giving students role models that can inspire them is crucial to their ability to visualize their future. Role models must also reflect what students themselves look like as well, from race to gender, in order to counter stereotypes long presented to students in terms of scientists, engineers, leaders, and teachers as well.

Even simple emoji — visual graphics used to illustrate language in text — now reflect more inclusive options, and have been useful in promoting diversity, according to a 2018 study from the University of Edinburgh.

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