UConn hosts many offices and other resources that are dedicated to the advancement of groups that have been historically underrepresented in STEM. These are listed below, along with their target constituencies as appropriate.
The Office for Diversity and Inclusion is a central hub for diversity issues at UConn, including by compiling resources and hosting events. ODE supports multiple Cultural Centers who represent particular demographic groups and provide specific programming in each area, including many opportunities for community building and mentorship, both as mentors and mentees. These include:
- Supports the PA2SS Peer Mentoring Program
- Supports multiple culturally- and special interest-based student organizations, united under the Pan Asian Council
- Supports the Asian American Faculty & Staff Association
- Supports multiple culturally- and special interest-based student and Greek organizations
- Supports multiple LGBTQIA+ groups, including Rainbow Graduate Students & Young Professionals, the LGBTQIA+ Faculty/Staff Affinity Group, and the Queer BIPOC Faculty and Staff Affinity Group
- Supports the Violence Against Women Prevention Program
- Supports the Women in STEM (WiSTEM) Mentoring Program
- Supports the Native American and Indigenous Students Association (NAISA)
The Institute for Student Success includes several departments that support students from historically underrepresented groups. These include:
- The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program supports undergraduate students who are enrolled in STEM fields via dedicated mentoring, training, and other career development activities.
- The Center for Academic Programs supports first generation, low income, and historically underrepresented students at UConn via several programs, including the McNair Scholars Program (STEM undergraduates, especially those interested in PhD research) and the Student Support Services program (undergraduates).
- Undergraduate Learning Communities, including several that focus on historically underrepresented groups. These include: the La Comunidad Intelectual Learning Community (Interdisciplinary - Latinx), the ScHOLA2RS House Learning Community (Interdisciplinary - Black males), the WiMSE House Learning Community (STEM - women)
- The First Year Experience program supports skill-building among first and second year undergraduate students. Some sections of these courses (e.g., UNIV 1820) specifically introduce students to STEM research, focusing especially on demographics who have not otherwise been exposed to such careers.
- The Academic Achievement Center is available to all undergraduate students for academic coaching and other forms of supplemental instruction.
The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS; of which MCB is a part) has many DEI-related programs, led by a dedicated Associate Dean (currently Katharine Capshaw). CLAS includes several academic units that generate scholarship related to DEI. Non-academic CLAS DEI initiatives that are relevant to MCB include:
- CLAS Women’s Leadership Collective (Undergraduates)
- Anti-racism scholarships to “support for research, pedagogical development, and programming that advances the struggle against injustice and racial violence in the U.S”.
The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships supports the creation and submission of applications to both graduate and undergraduate programs. These include a specific list of fellowships for historically underrepresented students. Other opportunities for financial aid have been compiled by the Office of Student Financial Aid Services, including resources specifically for graduate students.
The Office of Institutional Equity (OIE) sets and enforces policies related to equity and inclusivity at UConn for all students and staff, and is responsible for legal compliance with relevant federal and state legislation. The OIE works in multiple DEI-related areas, including:
- Accessibility, including the provision of accommodations for both staff (via Human Resources) and students (via the Center for Students with Disabilities).
- Employment Equity to ensure fair hiring practices
- Discrimination & Harassment, including education, training, incident review, and investigation
- Title IX, the primary federal law governing descrimination based on sex/gender of students and employees. This includes specific resources related to sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and stalking, and resources related to pregnancy and parenting for staff, graduate, and undergraduate students.
The Graduate School also collates resources to support students with families. The UConn Graduate Employee Union also has a program for childcare reimbursement, as does AAUP (for faculty) and UCPEA (for professional staff).