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The Ohio State University, OH
The COVID-19 pandemic has deepened longstanding racial inequities in undergraduate chemistry education particularly at Predominantly White Institutions (PWIs). Given this troubling reality, Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students remain severely underrepresented in the field of chemistry and biochemistry. Recognizing the racial justice and economic imperative to combat longstanding racial inequities in chemistry education, the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at The Ohio State University focused on cultivating a culture of mentorship to advance the academic success and well-being of Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander students enrolled as chemistry and biochemistry undergraduate majors. To this end, in January 2021, CBC officially launched a structured undergraduate peer mentoring program
Mentoring Undergraduate Scholars for Excellence (MUSE)
. Peer mentoring has been confirmed to foster sense of belonging, academic success, and retention in STEM, especially among racially minoritized students. Mentorship is social capital that affords racially minoritized students access to psychosocial support, academic and social opportunities, learning resources, and essential information to navigate STEM educational environments, particularly at PWIs.
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Foundation under grant HRD-1818635. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.
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