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Tech Titans selected as partner in $10 million grant for accelerating Latinx in STEM

Grant to develop national network of organizations focused on mobilizing large-scale change for underrepresented communities in STEM
 
Tech Titans® has been selected by Arizona State University (ASU) to receive a portion of a $10 million National Science Foundation (NSF) Accelerate Latinx Representation in STEM Education (ALRISE) Alliance grant. ASU selected multiple technology trade associations across the country, including Tech Titans as grant recipients to help mobilize their in-industry membership to offer experiential work-based opportunities in STEM to Latinx students.
 
We’re excited about the opportunity these funds will provide to further our STEM efforts in creating, not only a larger tech pipeline for North Texas, but more diverse, robust and innovative solutions that include our valued Latinx community,” said Amy Wheelus, chair of the board for Tech Titans. “We’re recruiting member companies to offer work-based experiences to Latinx students in a community college or university, with the intent to attract and retain them in a STEM field. Our 5-year budget and will use these funds to pay for a coordinator’s time.” If you would be interested in providing a work experience, click to fill out an easy form to pass on information. 
 
ASU’s ALRISE Alliance is funded by NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES), a comprehensive national initiative to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in STEM at scale. The grant represents a nationwide effort addressing the overarching broadening participation challenge to accelerate Latinx representation in STEM education with institutional intentionality and capacity building for experiential learning.
 
ASU’s vision for the Alliance is to drastically improve Latinx student retention and completion in STEM at two- and four-year Hispanic Serving Institutions (HSIs) and emerging HSIs (eHSIs). The Alliance aims to complete this goal by taking the following actions to deliberately change long-standing systems:

  • Enabling campus environments to be intentional and culturally responsive to Latinx STEM students, not to the exclusion of others
  • Placing the necessity to change on institutions and educators to harness Latinx students’ assets, strengths and resilience, and create an environment that fosters reproducible success
  • Mending the leaky pipeline where Latinx STEM retention and completion rates are significantly lower than enrollment
  • Minimizing the current underrepresentation of Latinx in STEM job clusters
  • Increasing the number of studies who are currently limited in STEM research on innovative pipelines for underrepresented students
“Our goal in bringing industry and educational leaders into the Alliance is to form a densely connected network of peers, a shared community and intentional coordination of the disparate efforts across individuals and organizations to drastically improve diversity and opportunity in STEM education and careers,” said Caroline VanIngen-Dunn, director, Center for Broadening Participation in STEM, ASU and Principal Investigator of the ALRISE Alliance. “Tech Titans will play a critical role in connecting Latinx students with industry partners to facilitate more opportunities for work-based experiences in STEM fields while also enabling organizations to diversify their employment base.”
 
To learn more about the ALRISE Alliance grant #2120021 and the National Science Foundation, please visit the NSF website at www.nsf.gov/.

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