2018-2019 I CAN PERSIST STEM initiative – Apply by April 1!

Calling all Graduate and Undergraduate Women of Color!

Ever wanted to be a part of a community with other women of color who’ve decided to pursue a graduate or undergraduate degree in the science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) fields at IU?

If yes, I’d like to invite you to participate in the 2018-2019 I CAN PERSIST STEM initiative. This comprehensive research-based program is designed to promote academic persistence among women of color enrolled in graduate and undergraduate programs in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs at Indiana University.

At the core of this comprehensive year-long initiative is a belief in the old adage that “it takes a village…”. This program leverages the collective power of minority women at all educational levels, including those currently employed as STEM professionals, graduate and undergraduate students, as well as high school girls. The ICP STEM Initiative aims to provide visibility to successful STEM professionals who identify as women of color, access to informal mentorship, invaluable educational and career resources, and above all else, a sense of community.

If you choose to participate in this program you will have the opportunity to gain a host of skills that would advance your professional and career development. Specifically, you will get the opportunity to:

  • Gain support and solidarity from other women of color who’ve chosen to pursue a STEM field
  • Skills and strategies to increase career preparedness
  • Enhanced Pedagogy, Curriculum, & Design skills
  • Engagement in science outreach with high school girls of color
  • Access to models of resilience (i.e., STEM female professionals of color) who are willing to share their strategies of success (e.g., navigating microaggressions, owning your voice, networking, etc.)
  • Access to informal mentorship


Deadline – April 1st at 5pm


Please see our website (HERE) or flyer (HERE) for more information and don’t hesitate to email me at kgwilkin@indiana.edu with any questions.


Dr. Kerrie G. Wilkins-Yel
Assistant Professor of Counseling Psychology

School of Education
Indiana University Bloomington