The percentage of undergraduate women in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) at Boise State University has increased by 6% while the percentage of underrepresented minorities has risen by 4% since 2014, according to the Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives. The Institute is a student resource whose main goal is to create a diverse and inclusive campus environment by providing opportunities for students from underrepresented groups.
The improvement in STEM student diversity may be attributed to the availability of more campus opportunities for minority students. According to Sam Schauer, a mechanical engineering student and president of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE), there are more resources and scholarships available for minority students and more clubs and organizations that support them. She also highlighted the importance of diversity in fostering innovation.
Institute for STEM and Diversity Initiatives executive director Donna Llewellyn added that the STEM community at Boise State is on the right path to equality because campus staff and faculty members are working together to ensure a diverse and inclusive campus.