The Office of Undergraduate Studies (UGS) has developed a strategic plan demonstrate leadership engagement, commitment and support for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) practices across its many units – Academic Council, Army & Air Force ROTC, Mass Academy of Mathematics and ScienceMorgan Center for Teaching and Learning, Robotics Resource Center, and Center for STEM Education. Collectively, the various units of the UGS have worked to integrate the principles of diversity, fair treatment and inclusive leadership practices into the development of leaders; ongoing DEI learning opportunities through shared readings and discussions; and has partnered with others at WPI to provide campus-wide DEI educational opportunities that foster greater institutional capacity, social responsibility, and individual agency to advance sustainable inclusive excellence at WPI.

Some notable DEI learning events on campus to support a inclusive university culture have included:

To align with the goal of the University of STEM Access and Retention, Mass Academy re-examined its admissions process and conducted intentional and targeted email outreach campaigns to families in underrepresented communities. Likewise, STEM Education Center has partnered with ODIME and LSAMP to promote its teacher preparation program to diversify the K-12 teaching staff.

Units within SKU have also developed STEM PreK-12 outreach and education efforts that are intentionally designed and implemented with community organizations that serve low-income and historically underrepresented groups.

  • The Robotics Resource Center (RRC) has adapted its State subsidy as a partner of the STEM Challenge to support teachers in Title 1 schools with professional development and supplies, enabling their students in low-resource communities to engage in hands-on robotics.
  • The Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) facilitates pre-practice experiences at Girls, Inc. and coordinates Noyce’s summer internships at the Latino Education Institute and the Boys & Girls Club.
  • The STEM Education Center hosts an AmeriCorps VISTA Compact Campus to create and support ongoing volunteer opportunities for WPI students in the Worcester community to support Worcester Public School students and families.

    WPI Black Student Union (BSU) student volunteer at Black Excellence Academy in Worcester.

  • Mass Academy students conducted tutoring sessions for Worcester Abby Kelley Foster Charter School which provided opportunities for academic intervention and sustained mentoring relationships. Additionally, the Mass Academy Community Service Club (MACS) has partnered with WRAP (Worcester Refugee Assistance Project) to facilitate weekly STEM activities at their center, providing mentorship and engaging hands-on activities for students of all ages. levels.

As an example in equity in research, UGS has expanded research opportunities through the E-term Early Research Experience (EREE) to serve more WPI students from low-income, first-generation, and/or underrepresented groups. EREE has been very popular among WPI students and faculty, and the program offers focused programming and community building to create a sense of belonging. EREE was able to succeed for 4 summers thanks to partnerships with various campus offices and funding from different sources (e.g. WIN, LSAMP).

Demographics of the EREE student cohorts from 2019 to 2022:

Year

Total number of candidates

Students accepted

female students

URM students

First generation students

2019

106

17

17

6

4

2020

128

24

19

12

5

2021

224

20

ten

9

12

2022

182

38

24

12

9

Support the SIE goal of innovation and equity in teaching/researchthe STEM Education Center integrates equity, inclusion and social justice into its consultant and trainings with PreK-12 educators, WPI students, and WPI faculty, as well as in their grants. Here are some examples :