Third Place: New Mexico State University, NM


The grassroots program pilot launched this spring and focuses on developing activities that enhance belongingness among graduate students, with an intentional focus on international students and minoritized STEM students. Launched as the Graduate Wellness Initiative; it is a  unique peer-to-peer model to foster a sense of belonging amongst graduate students. In Feb. 2022, three graduate assistants studying in health-related STEM fields (social work, clinical mental health, public health) developed inclusive monthly programs for graduate students. Programs included: virtual meditation, weekly wellness walks, happy hours, spectator participation in sporting events. Promotion included social media activity and promotional materials on channels specific to grad students.  This work is essential for equity in student well-being, retention, and career progress; to strengthen inclusive excellence in STEM education, research, and practice; and to provide representation and culturally responsive education that will attract diverse students in STEM and enable them to thrive. 

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