PATHS-UP is committed to enriching and maintaining a culture of inclusive (CoI) excellence by acknowledging, educating, appreciating, and nurturing diversity, uniqueness, and belongingness to minimize bias and maximize the effectiveness of the PATHS-UP enterprise.
1. Develop and sustain a culture of inclusion throughout PATHS-UP
- Host annual workshops with notable guest speakers to discuss CoI topics
- Include gamification in the CoI process from sites such as https://fairplaygame.org/
- Target a gender balanced leadership team
- Target a PATHS-UP faculty population that is >20% diverse including women, African American and other racial groups underrepresented in engineering, Hispanic-Americans, and persons with disabilities
2. Recruit and retain undergraduate STEM students from underrepresented groups
- Participate in at least three diversity workshops each year such as the National Society of Black
- Engineers, Society for Professional Hispanic Engineers, etc. to recruit underrepresented undergraduate students into PATHS-UP
- PATHS-UP faculty will place underrepresented STEM undergraduate students in the VIP and REU programs
- Encourage high school students from our underserved and underrepresented communities to participate in the summer scholars program and ultimately to pursue STEM careers
- Target the number of undergraduate student PATHS-UP scholars to be better than the national average for underrepresented groups in STEM.
3. Recruit and retain graduate STEM students from underrepresented groups
- Invite underrepresented professors and scholars to deliver seminars and talks to our PATHS-Up students
- Provide PATHS-UP graduate research assistantships to underrepresented students
- Target the number of graduate student PATHS-UP fellows to be better than the national average for underrepresented groups in STEM