New Initiatives Foster Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging among STEM Students
For STEM students, the climate concerns extend beyond the traditional classroom into teaching and research laboratories. SCU campus climate and attrition data on our STEM students echo national concerns about the pronounced diversity, equity and inclusion issues in the STEM fields. In spring 2019, SCU launched the inaugural De Novo Fellowships Program, a collaboration between the College of Arts and Sciences and the School of Engineering, which aims to broaden representation of students in STEM by funding their work with faculty mentors on exciting research projects. In summer 2019, seven participants from the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Engineering, and Faculty Development engaged in the American Association of Colleges and Universities Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES) Institute. The program aims to increase learning outcomes and retention of students historically underrepresented in computer/information sciences and related STEM disciplines. Participants are reflecting on the experience and developing an action plan. The growth and expansion of these initiatives speak to SCU’s commitment to supporting student success, personal growth and professional development in a diverse and welcoming environment.