SHOWCASING APPROACHES TO INCLUSIVITY AND BROADENING PARTICIPATION IN GEOSCIENCE AND STEM
The SERC For Higher Ed portal (http://serc.carleton.edu/101473) brings together lessons learned about attracting and supporting diverse students in geoscience and other STEM disciplines. The materials in the portal are drawn from a variety of projects funded by NSF and others across a range of disciplines and institution types over the last decade. These collaborations have resulted in suites of resources and exemplars that demonstrate successful models for broadening participation in a variety of contexts. Taken together, this body of community experience aligns with the results of education research and showcases best practices for bringing diverse voices into the discipline.
There are many components that can be involved in these programs. In each context, the varied efforts in broadening participation make use of different combinations of these activities. This makes the examples of how they have achieved success particularly valuable for everyone engaged in making the geosciences and STEM communities more inclusive. By sharing this collected expertise, we can all move forward more effectively rather than reinventing the wheel.