SCSU Today

Mentoring minority students

Thursday, November 1, 2007

St. Cloud State will share in a $2.45 million National Science Foundation grant aimed at increasing the number of minority students earning bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

By 2012, an alliance of 16 Minnesota education institutions hopes to double the number of bachelor’s degrees earned by students from Native American, Hispanic/Latino, African American and other under-represented communities.

The grant will fund initiatives that create an expectation among minority youngsters that they can attend college.  It also will help the University support current students during crisis points such as holiday breaks, final exam time and summer – points at which students may lose faith in themselves and decide to drop out.

An example of the mentoring that will characterize such efforts is St. Cloud State’s summer Math-Science-Computer Camp.  For 20 years the camps, led by Professor Robert Johnson, chair of the Ethnic Studies Department, have delivered life-altering experiences to more than 2,500 young people.

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