The Islands of Opportunity Alliance, established with 11 colleges and universities throughout the Pacific region will share a $3.9 million dollar grant, as aid for underrepresented minority graduates of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
The Alliance has been awarded funding for the 5-year project anticipated to run from September 1st, 2018 through August 31st, 2023. UOG President Thomas Krise says “When minority populations are engaged and supported to excel, the global population benefits as a whole.” The overall grant project has been launched not only increase the number of STEM graduates throughout the Pacific, but also how the cultural dynamics of the region impact the number of graduates.
In order to collect sufficient data, a series of ethnographic and focus group interviews as well as surveys throughout each respective community will be conducted, with the aim of understanding the cross-cultural beliefs of success in the STEM program. In addition, such data accumulated will aid in the design of effective STEM programs, curricula and research opportunities throughout the Pacific region.