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Empowering Underrepresented Students in Science

STEM Students Speak

1st Edition - September 23, 2021

Authors: Sonji Johnson-Anderson, Ranjana Lingutla, Margaret Riley

Language: English
Paperback ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 3 2 3 - 9 0 4 6 9 - 8
eBook ISBN:
9 7 8 - 0 - 3 2 3 - 9 0 4 7 0 - 4

Empowering Underrepresented Students in Science: STEM Students Speak chronicles the best practices of a STEM retention program for underrepresented minority students (URM) at… Read more

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Empowering Underrepresented Students in Science: STEM Students Speak chronicles the best practices of a STEM retention program for underrepresented minority students (URM) at a public university. Written mostly as an engaging series of vignettes, this story invites its audience to examine the “underbelly” of this successful program. It reveals to readers what lies at the heart of creating and sustaining a STEM retention program that is as inviting as it is vital. The program’s practice of reflection helps to build students’ self-efficacy and self-understanding. This book addresses the problem of merely throwing resources at a program to have it only achieve mild success.

Most STEM retention/support programs offer a litany of “things” they think are necessary for students, especially traditionally underserved students, to survive in STEM. We contend that our program goes beyond merely throwing money at a need, to critically assessing the need through the lens of inclusive practices. Our program attempts to engage with the whole selves of the students we serve.