Building Pathways to Equity in College STEM: Ecological Belonging Intervention in High School Precollege STEM Programs
Leverages the STEM PUSH Network to adapt, refine, and test the ecological belonging intervention for precollege students. This Ecological Belonging Intervention will be tested in 7 urban areas, reaching up to 2,000 students, providing a range of contexts in which to learn about the intervention's efficacy and will yield a deeper understanding of what intervention features work, and for whom.
Can We Talk About Race? Racial Socialization in Homes and Schools, Youth's Critical Consciousness, and Academic Achievement
Youth challenge racial oppression by developing a critical consciousness (CC) of racism and other social issues. This work tests whether youth's CC mediates associations between parental and school racial socialization and academic achievement.
Community Voices Study
The Community Voices Study (CVS) investigates whether or not greater proximity to disadvantage explains lesser returns to family socioeconomic status for underrepresented minority children when compared to their non-minority counterparts.
Developing a Dialogue System for a Culturally-Responsive Programmable Robot
Faculty who work on this project are designing a social programmable robot, that is, a robot that middle school students learn to program but also responds in socially intelligent ways. We are designing the robot to be culturally-responsive to populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM fields.
Parent-EMBRACE+R: Incorporating Elaborative Reminiscing into A Dialogic Reading Technology for Latino Child Literacy
Dialogic Reading (DR) is a literacy program focused on helping families promote the development of children's literacy skills. Through DR, parents encourage children to learn new words, formulate sentences, and retell the story on their own. Teaching parents to reminisce in an elaborate manner with their children, also known as Elaborative Reminiscing (ER) have shown promising results. We examine the potential efficacy of a program that combines DR with ER within the context of an intelligent reading comprehension app for Latino parents.
Police Stops and School Adjustment: Examining Underlying and Protective Mechanisms among Black Adolescents
The impact of unfair policing on Black youth's school adjustment is unknown. This project examines whether police encounters predict Black youth's performance in school; if physical and psychological health mediate the relation between police stops and school adjustment, and if racial socialization practices from parents, schools, and peers buffer the negative consequences of policing on school adjustment.
STEM Pathways for Underrepresented Students to HigherEd (STEM PUSH Network): Leveraging precollege STEM programs for greater equity in Black and Brown student undergraduate admissions.
The STEM PUSH Network is the first nation-wide coalition of precollege STEM programs, STEM ecosystems, admissions professionals, and equity experts using a networked improvement community model to innovate more equitable STEM undergraduate admissions and studying the impact of these new practices. The STEM PUSH Network is an NSF-funded Alliance that directly works with 40 precollege STEM programs from 10 urban areas to strengthen equitable practices within programs and between programs and admissions.