National Recognition of Programs That Are Making a Difference for All Underrepresented Groups in the Fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Georgia State University’s Technology, Engineering, Environment, Math and Science (T.E.E.M.S.) AmeriCorps Program received the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award from INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the largest and oldest diversity and inclusion publication in higher education.
The Inspiring Programs in STEM Award honors colleges and universities that encourage and assist students from underrepresented groups to enter the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps will be featured, along with 49 other recipients, in the September 2020 issue of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine.
Inspiring Programs in STEM Award winners were selected by INSIGHT Into Diversity based on efforts to inspire and encourage a new generation of young people to consider careers in STEM through mentoring, teaching, research, and successful programs and initiatives.
“Over the past 12 years, the Crim Center’s T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps Program has remained committed to empowering and increasing the self-efficacy of students in their academic pursuits,” said Sarayfah Bolling, T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps project director. “Students who interact with our members not only receive academic support, but they are inspired and encouraged to pursue STEM degrees and careers as they continue their educational journey.”
INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine selected the T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps Program, a program of the College of Education & Human Development’s Alonzo A. Crim Center for Urban Educational Excellence, because it provides K-12 supplemental instruction support during the school day and after-school programs in math and science. The program’s goal is to increase student proficiency in math and science by at least 10 percent. In the 2018-2019 academic year, the T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps program saw a 23 percent increase in student proficiency in math and science.
T.E.E.M.S. AmeriCorps recruits college students and recent alumni who have STEM backgrounds from metro-Atlanta colleges and universities – many of whom are African-American and Latinx students who have been educated in the urban education setting, where they serve and have a vested interest in supporting students who share their backgrounds and experiences.
“We know that many STEM programs are not always recognized for their success, dedication, and mentorship for underrepresented students,” says Lenore Pearlstein, owner and publisher of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine. “We want to honor the schools and organizations that have created programs that inspire and encourage young people who may currently be in or are interested in a future career in STEM. We are proud to honor these programs as role models to other institutions of higher education and beyond.”
For more information about the 2020 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award and INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, visit https://www.insightintodiversity.com/the-2020-inspiring-programs-in-stem-award.