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STEM as “Minority”: A Phenomenological Case Study of How Students of Color Perceive Their Experience in a STEM Living-Learning Program

Rishi Sriram, Crystal Diaz

Abstract


The future of the U.S. scientific workforce depends on graduating college students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The completion rate of STEM students is a national concern, especially among students of color. This qualitative study examines the experiences of students of color in a living-learning program for STEM students. Five themes were discovered from students’ meaning-making. Four of the themes integrate well with existing literature. The fifth theme, STEM as Minority, was not found in the literature and is a new contribution to the field of knowledge on how environments can be purposed to support STEM students.

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ISSN: 21586195

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