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Hutto Patterson - Diversity STEM Leadership and Social Justice Program

This pilot program, made possible by the Hutto Patterson Family Foundation, focuses on leadership development, mentoring, and STEM social justice community projects. In addition they take a one semester course called Optimizing STEM Student Success.

Dr. Fred Moore coaches NERDS on how to optimize STEM student success strategies.
Dr. Fred Moore coaches NERDS on how to optimize STEM student success strategies.

Here is a sample of some of the communities impacted by our projects:

  • Techbridge Young Girls in STEM
  • Richmond High School’s Undocumented Student Community
  • MESA STEM program at Hartnell Community College
  • UC Berkeley - Equal Opportunity (EOP) pre-med students

Optimizing STEM Student Success Course

NERDS are inspring other diversity STEM communities
NERDS are inspring other diversity STEM communities

“My personal goal is to continue providing educational and professional job security as well as motivation to my Latino and underrepresented communities.” ~ Aileen

Students that excel in STEM fields have developed a system and master new concepts and then apply that knowledge in a functional way. Developed by Dr. Fred Moore, the Optimizing STEM Student Success course assists students in implementing a process to develop clarity of thought, emotional resolve in the face of challenges, and find balance while taking STEM courses.

Course highlights:

  • Develop optimal exam performance strategies
  • Help perfect the art of asking questions
  • Access one’s belief in the ability to excel
  • Learn a variety of memory techniques
  • Gauge one’s relationship to learning
  • Organize one’s mental workspace

Our Hutto Patterson Scholars participated in this program in 2015/2016, receiving guidance and support from Dr. Moore as they planned and implemented their community projects.

Applicaiton | Due to lack of renewal funding this program will be sunsetting in 2016.

Please send your questions to Director Diana Lizarraga via text at #510.778.5165 or via e-mail at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Text is preferred and faster.