Bridging the STEM Diversity Gap in College
The way STEM is taught at the college level offers both a major opportunity and a precarious challenge for students in the field. Many high-impact practices, including living-learning communities, research and internship opportunities, and peer and faculty mentoring, have been shown to increase undergraduate interest and engagement with STEM. But weed-out courses, unconscious gender bias, and a lack of meaningful hands-on opportunities can also quickly discourage undergrads, particularly women and students of color. This session will explore several programs that are working to turn the tide and increase recruitment and retention of STEM students at the college level.