Virginia-North Carolina Alliance for Minority Participation

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

One goal of the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance is diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce.

About the Virginia-North Carolina Alliance

The Virginia-North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation strives for diversification of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce, with an emphasis on increasing the number of underrepresented minority students earning baccalaureate degrees and matriculating to graduate school. Each of the twelve partner institution programs offers individually tailored recruitment, retention, and enhancement activities to support students such as bridge programs, stipends, symposia, tutoring, mentoring, workshops, and research experiences.

Alliance Partners

Bennett College

Elizabeth City State University

George Mason University

Johnson C. Smith University

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

Old Dominion University

PVCC Community College

Saint Augustine's University

Thomas Nelson Community College
University of Virginia

Virginia Commonwealth University

Virginia Tech

Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): Theory, Design, Practice and Impact

The VA-NC Alliance Partner co-edits Mentoring at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs): Theory, Design, Practice and Impact, a book on mentoring students primarily attending higher education minority serving institutions (MSIs).

Dr. Mark A. Melton, Dean School of Sciences, Mathematics, and Public Health at Saint Augustine’s University contributed to a chapter entitled, Closing the Gap: An NSF-Funded Multi-Faceted Mentoring Approach to Reducing the Barriers to Academic Success for Underrepresented STEM Majors. The chapter reviews a number of mentoring activities designed to increase the number of undergraduate STEM majors graduating and matriculating to graduate programs. Amongst the National Science Foundation grants mentioned in section include HBCU-UP and the VA-NC Alliance LSAMP Program.  Faculty and peer mentoring strategies used to support students are also discussed.