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.

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

Former VA-NC Alliance Participant becomes Assistant Professor at University of Georgia College of Engineering

Former VA-NC Alliance Participant becomes Assistant Professor at University of Georgia College of Engineering

Born and raised in Washington, DC, Racheida S. Lewis, Ph.D. is a recent graduate of the Engineering Education program at Virginia Tech. She has been recognized as a Gates Millennium Scholar, GEM Associate Fellow, a Virginia Tech New Horizon Scholar, and a 2019 inductee into the Bouchet Honor Society. During her undergraduate years, she was a member of the Virginia - North Carolina Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation and secured her first research experience as a rising second-year student through that program. As well, she received a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Virginia respectfully. Racheida believes in creating a diverse engineering field and strives to do so through connecting with, teaching, and mentoring future engineers. She has devoted her life to this mission through her leadership and lifetime membership in the National Society of Black Engineers.