Retention of STEM majors is lower for under-represented minorities than it is for White and Asian students. The goal of Inclusive Excellence, funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), is to increase retention of under-represented minorities in STEM majors by examining students’ relationships with STEM faculty, advisors, and peer leaders. These groups will be targeted for interventions focused on their interactions with STEM students with the goal of reducing STEM retention disparities.
Our Center’s role in this project is to collect and analyze the personal social networks of STEM majors with regard to the people they talk to about their academic success. For each student, we will characterize networks in terms of size; strength; and diversity in student/staff/family composition, gender, and race/ethnicity.