eSEM is a growing partnership of historically black colleges and universities, experts, and researchers. We are expanding to include eight additional partner institutions (six historically black colleges and universities and two Hispanic-serving institutions), schools and school districts in communities local to their campuses.
Our mission is to increase the number of minority males in grades 6 – 12 who are prepared to participate in the STEM workforce. We address two common goals:
- Broaden the participation of underrepresented minority males in science and engineering through informal educational experiences that prepare them for careers in STEM fields; and
- Create a Network Improvement Community focused on STEM achievement in minority males.
Our Theory of Action
The cumulative effect/interaction of students’ exposure to the essential VIL Program elements in a university setting and school setting will lead to increases in achievement, engagement in STEM activities, and attendance at school.
Essential eSEM program elements include; high-quality instruction in STEM content (e.g. 3D modeling and printing, computer science, and mobile app development), mentoring, and professional development. The research questions are:
- What are the most effective strategies for increasing minority male students’ interest in STEM coursework, STEM careers and enrollment in college?
- What models of mentorship are effective in supporting the personal development and sense of belonging among minority males?
- How can partners, stakeholders, and researchers participate in a meaningful way in the NIC and in future research?