The initiatives mission is to prepare diverse student populations for transferable academic and non-academic 21st century jobs in science and technology. Its vision is to emerge as a clearinghouse for STEM education, faculty and student development and scholarship, and to graduate a scientifically literate citizenry that makes informed, ethical decisions relevant to scientific inquiry and civic participation.


The Center will develop a future workforce in academia, business, sector, entrepreneurship, science policy and science communication. Our short- and long-term goals include:

  • To identify methods to address the persistence of educational inequities for middle- and high-school level students, into postsecondary levels;
  • To pilot interventions that advances core competencies in student education and training, including interpersonal/intrapersonal skills, ethical decision-making, critical thinking and application of knowledge.
  • To help policy makers, funders and education leaders in both school and out-of-school settings make informed decisions about how to best leverage the educational and learning resources.