About the STEM Success Initiative

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To empower Wooster STEM faculty, staff, and students in cultivating an inclusive STEM community to better support the academic success and STEM identity development for students from underrepresented groups.


Equity in STEM success at The College of Wooster.

Major Efforts

The STEM Success Initiative supports students directly by providing academic support, and indirectly via cultural initiatives and faculty development opportunities.

Academic Support

The STEM Zone

Inclusive Excellence

STEM Events

Professional Development

The STEM Faculty Learning Community (SFLC) - campus professors and staff meet regularly to discuss best practices for inclusive STEM teaching and learning at Wooster. In 2019-2020, this group meets on Mondays at 4 pm. For more information or to be added to the SFLC email list, please contact Jennifer Faust and/or Missy Schen.

Support attendance of faculty at STEM-focused pedagogical conferences.

Participating Departments/Programs

As of Fall 2017, the STEM Success Initiative involves and supports all science and mathematics departments/programs at Wooster.

Advisory Board for STEM Success Initiative

The Advisory Board (SSI AB) is a council of individuals across campus departments and programs that advise and direct programs to support the mission of the STEM Success Initiative. If you have questions, please contact us.

Members of the SSI AB (2019-2020):

Name Department Title
Laura Sirot (Chair) Biology Associate Professor
Jennifer Faust Chemistry Assistant Professor
Marian Frazier Statistical and Data Sciences Assistant Professor
Kate Gullatta Learning Center Associate Director
Kara Melrose STEM Success Initiative STEM Zone Coordinator
William Morgan Biology Professor
Melissa Chesanko Center for Diversity and Inclusion Director of Sexuality and Gender Inclusion
Meagen Pollock Earth Sciences Associate Professor; Chair of Earth Sciences
Missy Schen Academic Affairs Director of Educational Assessment
Greg Shaya History Associate Professor