Increasing Academic Success for Underrepresented Minority PhD Graduate STEM Students Through Self-Advocacy Education

By Carmen Lilley, PI

There is a persistent gap in broad participation by underrepresented minority students in STEM PhD programs. Through the GREATS (GRaduate Education for Academically Talented Students) program, University of Illinois at Chicago hopes to provide these students with integral skill sets and knowledge that will equip them to successfully face ingrained climates of intimidation within STEM professions, and support their empowerment, agency, and authenticity for academic success and social integration in STEM fields.

The GREATS program had two primary goals, which were intertwined: to add much-needed diversity to academic communities in STEM and to examine how educational practices around self-advocacy can be further translated to other fields.


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