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North Carolina A&T State University

NSF INCLUDES Building Diverse & Integrat. STEM Continua Using Socio-environ. ...

NSF Awards: 1649255, 1649263

2017 (see original presentation & discussion)

Grades 6-8

The NSF Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science (NSF INCLUDES) Design and Development Launch Pilot is an innovative social network connecting people with similar interests and values across organizational boundaries.  NSF INCLUDES Building Diverse and Integrative STEM Continua Using Socio-environmental Systems In and Out of Neighborhoods (DISCUSSION) is a collaboration between two top ten HBCUs in the nation, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical University (NCAT) and North Carolina Central University (NCCU); it forms a networked improvement community (NIC), called the DISCUSSION Network, with the purpose of increasing the participation of underrepresented ethnic minorities and women in the STEM enterprise.

The DISCUSSION Network overall shared goal of is to catalyze and support growth aimed at increasing numbers of disadvantaged “at-risk” students who are academically successful in STEM by actively leveraging regional collective impact in surrounding neighborhood communities that bridges existing gaps between disciplinary foci.   The DISCUSSION Network will benefit students in grades 5-8 across three (3) Piedmont, North Carolina counties involving ten (10) established community organizations.  The vision for our DISCUSSION Network is to build and sustain a scalable, inquiry-base.  We believe our DISCUSSION Network will reduce disparities in underserved neighborhoods and increase access all along the educational continuum from primary to secondary to post-secondary levels.

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