Broadening Access to STEM and Geoscience through Support for the Whole Student
Both Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) and Two-year Colleges (2YCs) can play an important role in increasing the diversity of geoscience graduates where there are appropriate degree programs or pathways to programs. In both contexts, there are degree options which include elements of geoscience present in many institutions even where there is no "geoscience" department. In addition, the strategies that are bearing fruit at many of these institutions are consistent with the recommendations of the Engagement-Capacity-Continuity framework for supporting the whole student developed by Jolly et al. (2004). In particular, common themes arising in these programs include:
- Attracting students to the discipline: Proactive marketing around career opportunities and outreach to local feeder institutions
- Supporting students through graduation: Community building, mentoring and advising, transfer support, academic support, and funding support
- Preparing students for careers: Research experiences, internships, alumni or industry interactions, and real-world project
Web resources with information on supporting the whole student are available via the InTeGrate website (http://serc.carleton.edu/integrate/programs/diversity/whole_student.html) and the SAGE 2YC website (https://serc.carleton.edu/sage2yc/whole_student.html).