Urban Universities for HEALTH: Collaborating to Advance Health Equity

Not all Americans have the same opportunities to live in good health.  Evidence shows that individuals identifying as minorities suffer disproportionately from chronic diseases and live shorter, unhealthier lives. They are more likely to be uninsured and live in areas … Continue reading Urban Universities for HEALTH: Collaborating to Advance Health Equity

Web-Based Toolkit Helps Universities Advance Community Health Equity

More than 60 million Americans live in areas without enough health care providers to meet demand – primarily in minority and low-income communities, where residents are less likely to be insured and suffer disproportionately from chronic disease. The lack of … Continue reading Web-Based Toolkit Helps Universities Advance Community Health Equity

Cal State Fullerton’s Dash Toward Student Success

Cal State Fullerton has increased graduation rates, improved student persistence and dramatically lowered the student achievement gap since the creation of a university-wide Strategic Plan four years ago. While the success is attributable to a myriad of factors, the innovative … Continue reading Cal State Fullerton’s Dash Toward Student Success

Advancing Equity in STEM through Engagement

Photo Credit: Georgia State University
Photo Credit: Georgia State University

How do we best advance equity in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)?

While we’ve made strides increasing the number of minority and females entering and succeeding in STEM fields, we have so much more to do. For example, the National Academy of Science studies chart a lack of STEM proficiency in elementary school—gaps that widen along the education pipeline, and are more acute among historically underrepresented groups that often live in underserved communities.

Advancing STEM and delivering equity go hand-in-hand. In their January, 2015 NSF-supported white paper, “Realizing STEM Equity and Diversity through Higher Education-Community Engagement,” Ira Harkavy, Nancy Cantor and Myra Burnett offer an approach to do just that. Continue reading “Advancing Equity in STEM through Engagement”