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stEm PEER Institute/Academy


  • To identify and support the professional development of a cadre of education professionals leading implementation of programs/practices that have led to increased awareness, engagement and persistence of BIPOC and female students in engineering.
  • To engage this community in the design/enhancement of these evidence based practices through a two-year CAPSTONE implementation effort.
  • To expand the networking, collaboration and acceleration of collaboration and implementation of successful practices through collaboration with the LSAMP community and ANG’s of the 50k Coalition.
  • Inform implementation of practices through collaboration with professional societies (SWE/NSBE/NACME/GEM) and other synergistic professional networks such as but not limited to (ASEE, CoNecd, NSTA, NCTM, etc..)
  • Create/expand “Professionals/Practitioners” guiding/informing educational institutions and industry in the support/implementation/institutionalization of successful practices.

The stEm PEERs will engage in a year-long hybrid professional development and research experience followed by a yearlong continued implementation of a Capstone project that pilots and/or enhances targeted best practices. Each project, informed by data, will have a research focus. The stEm PEERs will engage with their peers that are working on similar projects ANG (advancing networking groups) to promote sharing of best practices and to help mitigate obstacles presented by local circumstances, and about successful improvements.

Investigation Topics:

  • Program Overview/National/Regional DEI in Engineering Landscape
  • Professional Societies – ANG
  • Defining success in Engineering
  • Teamwork and collaboration
  • Institution wide systems that support an inclusive Engineering culture/staff buy-in
  • STEM Equity
  • Overview of Exemplary program efforts CIDER (short list of ASEE/ NSBE and other possible programs that might be selected for Capstones)
  • College and career STEM pathways – synergistic INCLUDES Efforts – STEM PUSH etc, (compile)
  • Snapshot of successful programs in their respective regions
  • Evaluation and Assessment/Logic models
  • Where students are beginning their journey – National/Science and Engineering Practices
  • Other topics:
    • Stakeholder engagement
    • Community partnerships
    • Proposal development – additional funding opportunities

Capstone Projects:
Capstones will serve as an important vehicle to accelerate the implementation of evidenced based practices nationwide. PEERs will be encouraged to submit project outcomes as papers to LSAMP and ASEE conferences and/or the National INCLUDES Network to inform future broadening participation collaborations. Capstone process: initial outline -> research/implementation -> feedback from participants -> revision -> presentation to STEM Leadership academy.

Program Partners:
The ANG members with targeted expertise and experience in broadening participation will help guide the Academy’s programs. Subject matter experts (SMEs) from other NSF INCLUDES Alliances, such as STEM PUSH, and STEM Core Alliance, will be invited to contribute courses and instructors. We will also invite the NSF ARIS project.

The CIDER group will guide evaluation training of PEERS, provide formative feedback at the end of each Capstone project’s first year and review the project outcomes at the end of its second year.

Anticipated Numbers:
We estimate that in Year 1 of the grant we will train 15 PEERs (12 from the 2 Regional Hubs and 3 from the INCLUDES Network). In Years 2-5 we will add at least 90 additional PEERs. Support for these PEERs is in our budget as participant costs.

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