Public Discussion

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    Cindy Ziker

    March 20, 2017 | 02:27 a.m.

    Thank you for viewing our eSEM Showcase video!

    Your comments are welcome!


    Cindy Ziker, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Senior Researcher

    SRI International

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    Kathryn Williamson

    Teaching Assistant Professor
    March 20, 2017 | 10:57 a.m.

    Great project! Do you think your project could also help minority females?

  • March 20, 2017 | 01:21 p.m.

    Yes, our projects can help minority females. We anticipate that some of the factors that impact STEM identity will apply to both genders. The teachers involved in our project are returning to their classrooms with exposure to new tools that can be integrated into their curriculum. The participants in our programs are also returning to their schools and communities to create new opportunities for both genders.

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    Joanna Burt-Kinderman

    K-12 Administrator
    March 20, 2017 | 11:41 a.m.

    Cindy and Kemi, I'm so interested in this work (and in the NIC approach), and agree that there is much to learn still about how to effectively connect the good work outside school spaces to the immense work inside school spaces.

    Look forward to learning from and with your project!

    Joanna Burt-Kinderman and FIRST2

  • March 20, 2017 | 01:28 p.m.

    Joanna, we strongly agree that the work that occurs inside and outside the classroom is moving us towards the goal of creating young people who are passionate about STEM. We believe the NIC will provide a mechanism for us to document our practices and involve others who are working in a similar space.

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    Aisha Lawrey

    Higher Ed Administrator
    March 20, 2017 | 03:02 p.m.

    Cindy and Kemi, I am so excited by your project! Finally, someone is talking about the minority males. As a minority female engineer, I am happy to see so many programs to increase the number of women in engineering but I always say where are the programs for the minority males. Even though engineering is a male dominated field, it is not dominated by minority males. I look forward to seeing more of your work and results. This is great stuff!!

  • March 21, 2017 | 09:46 a.m.

    Hello Aisha,

    It is affirming to read your feedback about the focus of our work. We will provide periodic updates on our website:

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    Barbara Rogoff

    March 20, 2017 | 09:55 p.m.

    Thank you for your work!  I'm curious about what models of mentorship your team is examining?

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    Cindy Ziker

    March 20, 2017 | 10:53 p.m.

    Hi Barbara,

    We have a webinar on our website ( about mentoring strategies that are used at one of our sites. We also partner with the National Cares Mentoring Network.  It would be great to have your insights about this. Many thanks! Cindy Ziker

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    Barbara Rogoff

    March 21, 2017 | 03:54 a.m.

    Thank you!

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    Carl Pettis

    Associate Professor and Department Chair
    March 21, 2017 | 02:43 p.m.

    I like the work that you all are doing! We have to start early because students find so many excuses to run in the opposite direction rather than face the rigor of STEM. As a mathematician who spends quite a bit of time working with outreach initiatives to engage minorities, I am pleased to see initiatives such as this.

  • March 21, 2017 | 05:36 p.m.

    Dear Carl, thank you for your input. We would love to hear more about best practices from your outreach initiatives. Mathematics is a critical thread that runs through all that we do. We are still learning about how to ensure our young men are as excited about math as they are about engineering and technology. Kemi

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    Carl Pettis

    Associate Professor and Department Chair
    March 22, 2017 | 10:40 a.m.

    Showing the students math in the "real world" is key. I think you guys are on target with the hands-on activities. That approach peaks their interest and it keeps them engaged.

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    Joni Falk

    Center Co-Director
    March 21, 2017 | 04:18 p.m.

    Cindy and Kemi, Wanted to make you aware of COSEBOC (Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color)  While their work is not specific to STEM they would certainly be interested in your work and findings. They have an annual meeting. Let me know if you would like me to connect you to the leaders of this effort. 


  • March 21, 2017 | 05:32 p.m.

    Joni, we would love for you to connect me with the leaders of this organization. Kemi

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    April Lindala

    March 21, 2017 | 06:37 p.m.

    Thank you to everyone on your team for doing this important work for our young men! What plans do you have/What do you have already in place for expanding this project to serve other underrepresented minority males? 

    - April Lindala, Northern Michigan University :-)

  • March 21, 2017 | 10:05 p.m.

    Dear April, Our growing network has universities that serve regions of the country with large African American and Hispanic population. As we grow our NIC, we hope to bring on board others with an interest in improving outcomes for minority males in STEM. Our hope is that as we share and test best practices, we can see improvements in other underrepresented groups. Kemi

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    Jeremy Roschelle

    March 21, 2017 | 07:22 p.m.

    Hi Cindy and team,

    How are assessment (and other work on shared measures) supporting your work as a Networked Improvement Community?

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    Cindy Ziker

    March 21, 2017 | 08:15 p.m.

    Hi Jeremy, 

    Thanks for your question.  Our team is still working on developing a shared measurement system, but currently, eSEM uses program-based pre and post online surveys and assessments at 12 institutions, to gauge student level progress in problem solving, engineering, coding, 3D design and mobile app development skills. We also collect data on students' interest in STEM courses, STEM careers and attending college. Our NIC will review the results of our data in the fall, during an annual face to face Leadership Summit, where best practices, lessons learned, challenges and action plans can be discussed and shared. We expect these data review opportunities will help us improve our outcomes and strengthen our NIC.

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    Leslie Goodyear

    March 22, 2017 | 03:34 p.m.

    Thanks for sharing your vision for this important work! Building on Jeremy's question, what would success look like for your project and its participants? And what do you hope to be able to share that will influence others working to open doors for students of color into STEM?

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    Cindy Ziker

    March 22, 2017 | 09:23 p.m.

    Thanks for your interest, Leslie! The success of eSEM will result in sustainable engagement between a network of higher education institutions and local schools, teachers, parents, community services and businesses, who will work together to promote STEM proficiency and interest in pursuing STEM careers among minority males. By reaching out to a broad range of organizations and stakeholders with similar interests, the eSEM project will connect STEM-focused partners that will likely be able to contribute to the success of minority males.

    Our project will identify and share evidence based models that have been effective in moving the needle forward for minority males and will include best practices for promoting success in such areas as STEM education, mentoring, family engagement, and professional development for teachers and mentors serving this population. Check out our webinar entitled “Designing, Implementing, and Monitoring Effective Child-Centered Mentor Training” at

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    Marjorie Zatz

    Graduate Dean & Professor
    March 22, 2017 | 10:39 p.m.

    Cindy and Kemi, this project looks great--thanks for the work you are doing. It seems from the video that your focus is on K-12--are you also looking at the transition to college and success in the university context?

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    Cindy Ziker

    March 22, 2017 | 11:36 p.m.

    Hi Marjorie, Thanks for your question. One component of our project is training mentors to serve as role models for participating students. The mentors are generally undergraduate students enrolled in engineering, computer science, and other programs of study (see the mentor training webinar we posted on our website at Focus groups with our students and mentors revealed that the mentors have helped to increase students' interest in attending college by encouraging students to have a sense of belonging on campus, which we expect will contribute to a successful transition to a college setting later in our students' lives. Mentors have also reported that working with our students has helped them to stay motivated while completing their own course work, in order to set a good example.


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    Chris Boynton, EdD

    March 24, 2017 | 10:50 a.m.

    We would love to know more about this and incorporate your findings in the collective impact effort we are building out.  Let us know how we can work together.

  • March 24, 2017 | 06:13 p.m.

    Chris, could you let us know more about your project?

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    Erica Harvey

    Higher Ed Faculty
    March 24, 2017 | 12:52 p.m.

    Hi 'Kemi and Derrick - It was great meeting you in person at the CAHSI conference.  Nice video!  I am excited about the mentoring aspects of your program, and look forward to watching your webinar mentioned above.  In our First Two pilot, we plan to have our rural first-generation college students serve as Hometown Ambassadors, and it would be interesting to consider adding some of the elements from your program to their roles.  I also really appreciated Derrick's suggestions about financial literacy as an important piece of this puzzle for college students, especially those without a family history of college.

  • March 24, 2017 | 06:12 p.m.

    Dear Erica, It was great to meet you at the CAHSI conference. We would be happy to give you more information about our program. 'Kemi

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    Cindy Ziker

    March 24, 2017 | 02:05 p.m.

    Thanks so much, Chris. Our website, offers more information about our project. Maybe we can connect in person at the Includes California STEM Conference May 4-6th. Hope to see your there!

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  1. J. 'Kemi Ladeji-Osias
  3. Associate Professor
  4. Collaborative Research: Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
  6. Morgan State University
  1. kamal Ali
  3. Chair
  4. Collaborative Research: Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
  6. Jackson State University
  1. Derrick Gilmore
  2. Director
  3. Collaborative Research: Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
  5. Kentucky State University
  1. Clay Gloster, Jr
  2. Associate Dean
  3. Collaborative Research: Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
  5. North Carolina A&T State University, North Carolina A&T State University
  1. Cindy Ziker
  3. Senior Researcher
  4. Collaborative Research: Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
  6. SRI International

Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males (eSEM) through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions
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Minority males are underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) workforce as compared to their representation in the US population. Roadblocks that continue to challenge minority males include: disparity in access to high quality STEM educational resources, a lack of role models, and a shortage of highly trained, minority STEM educators. Drawing on findings from current work, this Design and Development Launch Project, led by Morgan State University, will build on an existing regional partnership of four Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that are working together to improve STEM outcomes for middle school minority male students local to Morgan State University in Baltimore, Maryland, North Carolina A & T University, in Greensboro, North Carolina, Jackson State University in Mississippi, and Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. Additional partners include eight minority serving institutions, the National CARES Mentoring Network, the Verizon Foundation, and SRI International. Using collective impact-style approaches, these partners will address two common goals: 1) Broaden the participation of underrepresented minority males in science and engineering through educational experiences that prepare them for careers in STEM fields; and (2) Create a Network Improvement Community focused on STEM achievement in minority males. Our vision for collective impact of the eSEM project is to leverage a Network Improvement Community that will help to increase the number of minority males in grades 6 – 12 who are prepared for college and STEM careers, with the skills needed to participate in the STEM workforce.