SHOWCASING SUCCESSFUL STRATEGIES FOR SUPPORTING MINORITY STUDENTS IN THE GEOSCIENCES
As a way of making the successes of these programs more visible, InTeGrate offers a suite of profile pages showcasing various ways in which MSIs are increasing and supporting minority students studying geoscience, developed via interviews with faculty and staff in geoscience-related programs at MSIs. Each profile gives context about the school, provides links to information about the available geoscience degree program(s), describes efforts to attract new students, highlights support mechanisms for students as they work towards their degree, and cites ways that the program prepares students for careers that will utilize their geoscience expertise. Visitors to the site can see examples of programs that reach out to high school students to get them interested in the geosciences, partner with other institutions to grant geoscience degrees, or nurture a sense of belonging among their majors.
InTeGrate is focused on fostering the development of curricular materials and programs that teach geoscience in the context of societal issues, an approach that many MSIs have already embraced. The project’s approach capitalizes on previous projects like Building Strong Geoscience Departments, which have shown that sharing models for curriculum design and program structure with the community results in more successful programs.