Our NIC

The Early STEM Engagement for Minority Males through a Network of Minority Serving Institutions (eSEM) Project is working to develop and facilitate a networked improvement community (NIC) focused on improving science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and computer science outcomes for minority males. The eSEM NIC brings together stakeholders through workgroups that will study the effects of small-scale interventions. These workgroups target STEM content, mentoring, family engagement, self-efficacy and personal development to solve a problem of practice through the use of rapid continuous improvement cycles (Plan-Do-Study-Act).

You are invited to join the eSEM NIC! Benefits of eSEM NIC membership include:

  • Networking with VIL MM program administrators, STEM educators, researchers, community stakeholders, policy makers, funders, and experts during monthly meetings, webinars, and face to face convenings;
  • Access to resources for implementing promising practices in STEM learning;
  • Professional development in such areas as mentoring, STEM content, personal development and family engagement;
  • Opportunities to create and implement change ideas to impact STEM learning;
  • Early access to results from interventions.

The working groups and topics include:

  1. STEM content: mathematics preparation, contributions of minorities to STEM, access to STEM equipment
  2. Mentoring: strategies that promote growth mindset, personal development, and interest in STEM careers
  3. Family Engagement: parental STEM awareness, family support, STEM stereotypes
  4. STEM self-efficacy and personal development: promoting educator strategies, peer relationships, and student resilience

Click here to learn how to become a member of the eSEM NIC…


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Learn more about NICs and their impact.

Why a NIC?
What are the Distinctive Features of a Networked Improvement Community?

Collective Impact
“Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, yet the social sector remains focused on the isolated intervention of individual organizations.”

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