Initial Publication Date: February 9, 2015

Broadening Participation

Broadening Participation

Diversifying Science – Is it as simple as replicating 'programs that work'?

John Matsui, University of California at Berkeley


Wednesday, July 15 | 4:30pm-5:30pm | Location: UMC 235

What's so hard about designing and running an effective STEM diversity program? Ask any director about his/her program or read any program proposal outlining what the PI plans to do, and you'll find their 'lists' to be remarkably similar. Comprehensive support, early exposure to research, selecting the best students, developing community, meeting financial need, faculty mentoring, and an emphasis on excellence make up the typical short list of requisites to build an effective program.

However, in spite of this consensus about what to do and after 40 years of diversity programs supported by billions of public and private dollars, under-representation persists. How can we more effectively help our under-represented (and all) students succeed in STEM majors and related careers?

Developing your Cultural Competency: Individual actions to improve the climate for all

Gary Weissmann & Roberto Ibarra, University of New Mexico


Monday, July 13 - Wednesday, July 15 | 8:30am-11:30am | Location: REC Center Lower Gym Meeting Room

Science and academia have a culture that can be challenging for students, particularly those from groups underrepresented in the STEM fields. This session will engage participants in activities to increase their self-awareness of their personal culture and biases, and the impact these have on their own careers and teaching. With this grounding, participants will build competency in engaging with students who don't share the same cultural attitudes.

Improving the Odds of Student Success: Academic supports and more

John Matsui, University of California at Berkeley


Thursday, July 16 - Friday, July 17 | 8:30am-11:30am | Location: REC Center Lower Gym Meeting Room

To successfully reach educational goals, students need academic support, motivation, a sense of community, and professional opportunities. After reviewing what we have already learned about those needs - especially for underrepresented STEM students, participants in this session will develop strategies for helping their students find the services and support they most need, through courses, programs, and connections with college-wide programs.

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