Engaging in an analysis of social justice issues through the lens of mathematics allows students to deepen their understanding of social issues and play a more active role in society. This set of problems is intended to help students better understand issues that affect local animal shelters and make informed decisions by applying mathematics. Included in these problems are researched facts that could accurately represent a shelter.
Stephanie Vega, email@example.com, is a doctoral student in Educational Specialties at the University of Nevada, Reno, and a teacher at Glenn Duncan STEM Academy. Her research interests include mathematics education, teacher preparation, and equity and diversity issues.
Edited by Christine D. Poulsen, firstname.lastname@example.org, and kimberly M. Lilienthal, email@example.com. Poulsen is a math grant coordinator for the Placer County Office of Education and a project director for CaMSP Math Grant SUCCESS in Auburn, California. Lilienthal is a project director for CaMSP RIMS and an academic math coach for RIMS for the Placer County Office of Education. E-mail problem collections for the editors to consider for future Math by the Month columns. See detailed submission guidelines at www.nctm.org/tcmdepartments. E-mail creative solutions and adapted problems to firstname.lastname@example.org for potential publication, noting Readers Exchange in the subject line.