Skip to Content

Equity, Access, and Success in STEM


This priority area seeks to identify best practices and challenges related to producing more equitable and inclusive routes to access STEM education and professions. This includes positively impacting the trajectory of individuals from underrepresented groups in K-12 and pre-college programs, undergraduate and graduate campus experiences, and professional settings. Efforts and initiatives include:

Understanding the Relationship between Campus Climate and STEM Success 

This collaborative effort with the American Council on Education's Center for Policy Research and Strategy aims to bridge the conversations about campus climate and efforts to increase diversity and equity in STEM. By understanding how campus climate and STEM department climate influence students' experiences, we hope to bring to light the critical role of institutional and faculty leaders in creating environments that are welcoming and inclusive. We are pleased to be assisted in the planning of this initiative by Jeffrey Milem, professor and dean of the Gevirtz Graduate School of Education (University of California, Santa Barbara) and Kimberly Griffin, associate professor in Student Affairs (University of Maryland).

Growing STEM Knowledge Community

"Growing STEM" is a U-M Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Knowledge Community (KC) led by faculty and staff seeking to form collaborations across academic units to improve the pipeline and experience of underrepresented groups into STEM. 

Through this Knowledge Community, collaborators across the U-M campus and across institutions seek to positively impact the trajectory of individuals from underrepresented groups including: pre-college programs, outreach and admissions, undergraduate and graduate programs, and professional settings. This multi-prong approach is grounded in research that informs challenges and opportunities for collaboration in advancing individuals from underrepresented groups into careers in STEM. Leading this work are Angela Dillard, associate dean for undergraduate education in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts and Derrick Scott, director of Inclusion and Multicultural Engineering Programs in the College of Engineering (both at the University of Michigan).

Alliances for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP)

AGEP is a program funded by theNational Science Foundation to advance underrepresented minority graduate students in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) as they pursue their degrees, and to enhance their preparation for faculty positions in academia. In collaboration with the University of Michigan’s Rackham Graduate School and the Michigan AGEP Alliance, our NCID research team draws on multiple quantitative and qualitative methods to examine how contextual experiences (such as climate and mentoring) impact the academic/disciplinary identity development, persistence, and career pursuits of underrepresented minority students in doctoral education.

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.