NSF INCLUDES Alliance: ALRISE - Accelerate Latinx Representation In STEM Education with Institutional Intentionality and Capacity Building for Experiential Learning

Project: Research project

Project Details


The ALRISE Alliance has been formed to Accelerate Latinx Representation in STEM Education with Institutional Intentionality and Capacity Building for Experiential Learning. Target audiences and Alliance members are Latinx Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) students, educators (faculty, staff and administration), and the Hispanic Serving 2-yr and 4-yr Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs (eHSIs) they attend. ALRISE uses culturally responsive experiential learning to increase Latinx STEM student success and to address disproportional representation. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the percentage of STEM degrees/ certificates conferred to U.S. citizens in 2017-18 by ethnicity/race was 13.3% Hispanic while Hispanics make up 28% of the US population.

The Networked Improvement Community (NIC) infrastructure of the ALRISE Alliance is uniquely designed to mobilize large-scale change through a collaboration amongst STEM Planning Teams of 8-10 educators, four (4) Regional Hubs with 25 HSI/eHSI institutional members at the start, and partner subgroups defined by professional expertise in experiential learning and intentionality, undergraduate research, work based experiences and advocacy and policy. The Science Foundation Arizona Center for STEM at Arizona State University is the ALRISE Backbone; this backbone connects and coordinates the members and partners to support individuals learning as well as collaborative learning by groups within and across networked organizations as common ideas for improvement are shared and tested. ALRISE builds on existing relationships and processes developed through the NSF-funded KickStarter program including facilitated institutional self assessment of their STEM education, student support, and intentionality to serve. Assessment results lead into a planning session where members build plans and logical frameworks for change with a focus on building capacity for undergraduate research and work-based experiences. Subgroups of subject matter experts will assemble evidence-based practices, work with members to infuse these practices with culturally responsive instruction, and then curate resources. A continuous improvement cycle is used to affect change locally while also improving the ALRISE alliance and processes.
Effective start/end date8/1/217/31/26


  • National Science Foundation (NSF): $9,999,271.00


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