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Our higher education plan specifically targets groups that are underrepresented, and we will partner from the start with Daniels to lead inclusivity efforts. We will build relationships with a demographic of students who are almost entirely first-generation American and/or first-generation college students. Training to be addressed in Phase I includes ‘how to work with diverse groups?’ and ‘how to be inclusive in group settings?’
Our Strategic Plan will expand to include quantitative metrics to assess broadening participation and engaging underrepresented groups, and also plan for informal science communication to diverse audiences. We have identified scientific mathematics education and computer programming for data collection, analysis, and prediction as an unmet need in chemistry education at all levels. Landes implemented summer Matlab courses as part of past NSF funding, and more recently piloted a Python summer course for middle school science teachers.
CAFF will expand these efforts to recruit and mentor a diverse population of students by partnering with local community colleges to provide mini-REU programs for STEM students transitioning to 4-year programs. We will ensure a collaborative and supportive environment by targeting training for all participants on topics such as implicit bias and micro-aggressions.