Retain with Student Support: Create a sense of belonging and identity as a member of the field

Actionable Steps and Practices

  1. Encourage positive faculty-student interaction.
  2. Encourage positive student-student interaction, both within and outside of the classroom, to create a sense of community and belonging among students. For example, utilize well-structured collaborative learning in class, and encourage participation in on-campus student groups and the online NCWIT Aspirations Community.
  3. Strengthen underrepresented students’ identities as a members of the field through research experiences, conference attendance, and exposure to role models and mentoring.
  4. Understand and combat the effects of unconscious bias and stereotype threat.
  5. Make sure the physical environment is welcoming and inclusive.

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