Engaged Inclusivity: IN LSAMP disseminating program data at the 2019 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference
Congratulations Drs. Wayne Hilson and Tamiko Porter on your presentation, Focusing on Development of a STEM Identity for Minority STEM Students: Scaffolding HIPs for Success, during the 2019 Diversity, Equity, and Student Success Conference focused on Engaged Inclusivity: Perceptions, Realities, and Aspirations.
The conference provided an opportunity to disseminate research from IN LSAMP IUPUI program and meet with colleagues and professionals from around the nation to discuss what it means to work towards a campus environment where inclusivity thrives through constant reflection, analysis, and accountability.
Dr. Hilson detailed the importance of attending professional conferences as an opportunity to learn about new ideas and constructs, evaluate best practices and their viability at one’s own institution, as well as expand one’s professional network. He plans to return to IUPUI and continue to work with local colleagues to delve deeper into novel ways to assess the impact of our program, particularly at the intersections of difference (i.e. race & gender).
There were valuable opportunities to share what has been learned from scholars at IUPUI with other colleagues during their presentation, “We had the opportunity to verbally communicate the unique features of our local initiative to individuals from myriad institutions and backgrounds. Some were unfamiliar with IUPUI, LSAMP, or STEM education. I believe we were successful in shrinking their learning curve.”
There were many valuable takeaways from his experience. One of the most impactful were the facilitated discussions, “I learned a great deal about a food/housing/transportation insecurity initiative as well as how one institution took the loss of their McNair program as an opportunity to study its place on campus and impact on Generation Z students in a different way.”
Hilson shared how the conference impacted him personally, “We have to do a
better job of learning who our students are as they matriculate to and through
our institutions. Whether quantitatively or qualitatively, diving into the data
is critical to achieving our overarching objectives.”
returned to campus energized and with ideas to support student success!
I look forward to using the more
expansive ways one can think about student success that I learned at the