Cultural Relevance, Equity, and Diversity

NSF INCLUDES Video Showcase: Envisioning Impact

The National Science Foundation's (NSF) INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative, enhances U.S. leadership in STEM disciplines by proactively seeking and effectively developing STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society. 


2017 SACNAS National Diversity in STEM Conference

2017 SACNAS is a conference like no other. Equal parts science, culture, and community, 2017 SACNAS is the largest diversity in STEM conference in the country, with three days of cutting-edge science, training, mentoring, and cultural activities for scientists at all levels and disciplines. For over 40 years, the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) has been the leading multicultural and multidisciplinary STEM diversity organization in the country. 


Curriculum and Community Enterprise for Restoration Science (CCERS) Project featured on NSF Science Nation

ITEST Project STUDIO: Build Our World Receives Communications Award

STELAR congratulates ITEST collaborative research project, Creating a STEM Pipeline for Low Income and Immigrant Youth, also known as STUDIO: Build Our World, for receiving a silver medal in the 2017 Council for the Advancement and Support of Education District VIII Communication Awards for the project video appearing below. 


AEA Dialogues on Race and Class in America

The American Evaluation Association (AEA) will be hosting a series of national dialogues to reflect and promote positive actions on the deeply rooted, and structurally intertwined issues behind the headlines that propel racial, ethnic, and class disparities in our society. These complimentary discussions will bring evaluators, policy analysts, and applied researchers together to discern ways to proactively engage entrenched issues as the nation goes from one headline making incident to the next.


STELAR Year in Review: 2016

STELAR released the following publications featuring the work of the ITEST community in 2016: 

Next Generation STEM Learning for All: Envisioning Advances Based on NSF Supported Research: a report on the one-day NSF-supported Forum, organized by EDC and SRI International. 


Drawing on Place and Culture for Climate Change in Native Communities

Chapter in Mueller, M. & Tippins, D. (Eds.) EcoJustice, Citizen Science and Youth Activism: Situated Tensions for Science Education. Springer International Publishing.


The Fish Weir: A Culturally Relevant STEM Activity

Curriculum and instructional strategies that are personally meaningful are key to engaging students from diverse ethnic and cultural backgrounds.
A “one size fits all” approach to curriculum development does not always translate to accessible education for many students, particularly in science,


Opting in and Creating Demand: Why Young People Choose to Teach Mathematics to Each Other

Access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields serves as a key entry point to economic mobility and civic enfranchisement. Such access must take seriously the intellectual power of the knowledge and practices of non-dominant youth. In our case, this has meant to shift epistemic authority in mathematics from academic institutions to young people themselves.


Designing the Game: How a Project-Based Media Production Program Approaches STEAM Career

Numerous studies have indicated a need for a diverse workforce that is more highly educated in STEM and ICT fields, and one that is capable of responding creatively to demands for continual innovation. This paper, in response, chronicles the implementation of the Digital Pathways (DP) program, a two-time ITEST recipient and an ongoing initiative of the Bay Area Video Coalition. DP has provided low-income, underrepresented minority young people with 180 contact hours of activities in digital media production to prepare them to pursue higher education and technology careers.