Westchester Community College (WCC), a Minority (MSI) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) in Valhalla, New York in collaboration with the Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM at Arizona State University (SFAz), and with assistance from the ATE-funded Mentor-Connect project based at Florence Darlington Technical College in South Carolina will develop, pilot test, and disseminate faculty development in Culturally Responsive Instruction to build the capacity of STEM technician faculty to better serve and diversify a robust student pipeline for the advanced technology workforce. Culturally Responsive Instruction supports a transformative shift in faculty understanding, practice, and mindset about diverse cultural and ethnic background that is evidence-based and student serving, focused on building on STEM student strengths and motivations, rather than deficits. Faculty want to - but are often unsure how to - respond to student diversity in their classes, which may contributed to the fact that underrepresented minority students are more likely to drop out of STEM programs than complete them. This project will guid educators in translating Culturally Responsive Instruction theory and research into effective practices that are guided by knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes to improve the diversity of the technician workforce. This project specifically addressed the loss of Latinx students from the STEM pipeline and the desire of faculty, industry, and NSF to broaden participation in STEM technician education.
|Effective start/end date||7/1/21 → 6/30/24|
- National Science Foundation (NSF): $361,307.00
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