Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Commitment

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Creating Equitable Student Experiences

The goal of this video is to educate our staff, STEM Assistants, and volunteers in order to create a baseline for equity. This is one of many videos that will build on these concepts.

Join us on our equity journey and look out for more videos and resources to come!

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STEM Equity and Access for All

Our Commitment to our staff and the students we serve

The STEM Center deeply values equity and diversity both professionally and personally. Both individually and collectively as a cohesive staff, we are committed to a diverse, inclusive and an equitable workplace, as well as ensuring the programs we offer meet these expectations. 

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"Equity in education...we must acknowledge [students'] differences, build on their strengths and respond to needs — the ones in the classroom as well as their nonacademic social, psychological and emotional needs."

Creating Equitable Student Experiences in STEM

1. Why Inclusivity is important in STEM education

We acknowledge that systemic bias and discrimination are contributors to the widening of gender gap in STEM and who has access to opportunities in these fields.We understand that both gender and racial diversity in STEM education has historically been limited, which we strive to change for the better.

2. Why inclusivity/equity is important to the Center staff

Center staff are deeply invested in creating programs that are equitable and inclusive of all students. Staff members play an active role in ensuring equitable student experiences by creating a welcoming and safe space for all students we serve to feel a sense of belonging.

3. What we teach about inclusivity/equity to USC students

The STEM Center is committed to working to create an equitable environment for all, especially female students and Black and Indigenous People of Color (BIPOC). Experiences students have in STEM when they are young can shape their attitudes about STEM learning for years to come. These attitudes can include assumptions about whether or not a student can visualize themselves in STEM.

Equity efforts made by instructors employed by the STEM Center can help students have positive experiences and lead to a desire to pursue STEM subjects in the future. One of our goals is to better prepare our undergraduate and graduate instructors with the tools they need to carry out their role as an equitable educator and role model to the youth served.  

Did you know?

USC Viterbi School of Engineering acceptance of incoming freshman showed 50/50 equal gender representation.

80% of the USC Viterbi K-12 STEM Center staff are female.

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K-12 STEM Diversity
"Poverty is not a learning disability, and we have considerable evidence that when we embrace equity in education and eliminate barriers to learning, we can serve all kinds of kids."

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We are inspired in our commitment to diversity and inclusiveness by the leadership of USC Viterbi School of Engineering Dean Yannis C. Yortsos. As chair of the Diversity Committee of the Engineering Deans Council for the American Society for Engineering Education, Dean Yortsos initiated the Engineering Deans Pledge, which he presented at the White House on “Demo Day".

For more information or questions, please reach out to members of the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) Team: Anne Areta aareta@usc.edu; Alexandra Guttierez ag63298@usc.edu; Jennifer Kolbauer kolbauer@usc.edu; Monica Lopez monicail@usc.edu