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Growing STEM

"Growing STEM" is an initiative led by faculty and staff seeking to form collaborations across academic units to improve the pipeline and experience of underrepresented groups into STEM.

Dr. Michael Summers who played a key role in the success of the Meyerhoff Scholars Program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, speaks to more than 50 members of the faculty and staff in STEM-related fields and programs from across the U-M campus.

"Growing STEM: Pipelines, Collaborations and Pedagogies for Diversity and Inclusion" is a response to the disparities present at almost every level of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. This priority area seeks to form collaborations between academic units meant to diversify faculty, staff, and students in STEM and create more equitable and inclusive routes to access STEM education and professions. Dissimilar from many university-wide initiatives, Growing STEM focuses on how academic units can enact change themselves, rather than rely only on top-down diversification efforts.

Through this priority we explore the value of collaborations across University academic units and across institutions to positively impact the trajectory of individuals from underrepresented groups in the following settings:

  • Pre-college programs, outreach and admissions; 
  • Undergraduate, graduate programs and campus experiences; and 
  • Professional settings and the workplace. 

Our multiprong approach is grounded in research that informs challenges and opportunities for collaboration in advancing individuals from underrepresented groups into careers in STEM.