Presentation Title

Integrating Diversity in STEM at Occidental College

Start Date

November 2016

End Date

November 2016

Location

HUB 302-#115

Type of Presentation

Poster

Abstract

Diversity in STEM has become an increasingly concerning topic as the disparity in the demographics of the STEM workforce in the United States remains stark between minority and majority populations. This study looks at four thematic practices performed at several institutions that are designed to increase persistence in STEM: active learning, supplemental instruction, undergraduate research, and psychological intervention. To measure the effectiveness of each program, achievement gap ratios were calculated in order to visualize where minority and majority students stand in their achievement and personal growth from each method. Our findings show a positive trend that inclusivity practices are effective in the success of underrepresented minority students, regardless of treatment type. Specifically, undergraduate research and supplemental instruction were most effective for closing the achievement gap. However, the amount of research that exists in the literature is limited and further research needs to be done exploring the comparison between minority and majority students.

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Integrating Diversity in STEM at Occidental College

HUB 302-#115

Diversity in STEM has become an increasingly concerning topic as the disparity in the demographics of the STEM workforce in the United States remains stark between minority and majority populations. This study looks at four thematic practices performed at several institutions that are designed to increase persistence in STEM: active learning, supplemental instruction, undergraduate research, and psychological intervention. To measure the effectiveness of each program, achievement gap ratios were calculated in order to visualize where minority and majority students stand in their achievement and personal growth from each method. Our findings show a positive trend that inclusivity practices are effective in the success of underrepresented minority students, regardless of treatment type. Specifically, undergraduate research and supplemental instruction were most effective for closing the achievement gap. However, the amount of research that exists in the literature is limited and further research needs to be done exploring the comparison between minority and majority students.