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Access to Advancement

An Audio Exploration of the National Effort to Increase the Role of Women with Disabilities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Part 1

MIND Alliance: Helping Minority Students with Disabilities Succeed in STEM

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MIND Alliance is a program designed to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among minority students with disabilities, and helps them transition into STEM-based academic programs and careers. The program brings together the expertise and resources of two minority-serving universities: Hunter College, City University of New York in New York City and Southern University at Baton Rouge, LA. And it serves high school and college students from New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana. The program emphasizes cultural sensitivity, while offering tutoring, mentoring, internships, and career assessment and counseling. And through field trips and hands-on activities, students in the program learn that science can be fun and interesting.

To hear from a MIND Alliance Summer Institute presenter, listen to the Part 2 story, Jennifer.

For more information about the MIND Alliance program, please visit

Featured in this story: Mona McKinney, high school senior; Shellisa Bell, high school junior; Dr. Elizabeth Cardoso, associate professor of counseling at Hunter College School of Education and MIND Alliance Principal Investigator; Pritul Bhuiyan, college student; Fei-Yan Mock, college student; August Coleman, college student; Richa Nayyar, college student; Carmen, college student.

Photos provided by ExxonMobil.


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