Equity in STEM
We believe our research and academic excellence is dependent on critical thinking, interdisciplinary dialogue and a widespread representation of diverse perspectives. Broadening our community with inclusive intent enhances the collective research and academic community here on the south side of campus. In this way, we can accelerate discovery forward at an exciting rate.
To establish a practice of equitable access to STEM-education support systems at DU, E-STEM launched in 2017. Short for Equity in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, E-STEM is a partnership between the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Ritchie School of Engineering & Computer Science and the Center for Multicultural Excellence. This grant-funded program creates pathways to academic success for students from historically underrepresented groups in the fields of science, math and engineering.
Transitioning into life on campus can be intimidating for freshman. E-STEM provides a home base for participating students by helping them build a multi-tiered support system that will last well beyond their first year.
E-STEM students move into campus housing early to acclimate to dorm life, navigate campus and familiarize themselves with the local neighborhood and downtown Denver.
A dedicated career-advising staff works with participating students on identifying research and internship opportunities, developing resumes, and attending career fairs and other networking events.
Academic Excellence Workshops, held weekly, provide space for students to utilize collaborative learning and teaching methods and develop the study skills necessary to succeed in STEM subjects at DU.
In addition to stewardship through academic coursework, E-STEM students gain an understanding of the issues surrounding equity and access to STEM education in marginalized populations.
After graduating the program, students entering their second year of college have the opportunity to act as mentors for the incoming class. This support structure is key as each cohort builds on the success of the class before and empowers each other by demonstrating success through teamwork.