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La’Tonia Stiner-Jones receives $250K grant from Alfred P. Sloan Foundation to advance equity in doctoral STEM programs

La'Tonia Stiner-Jones HAMMER Diversity & Culture Inclusion Ohio State University

La’Tonia Stiner-Jones is co-PI on a pilot program whose purpose is to make graduate degrees in STEM more accessible and less of a financial burden to underrepresented students. After a highly competitive selection process, the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University can continue building a more equitable educational landscape thanks to the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

In an announcement by the Department of Biomedical Engineering, the two-year project will yield actionable plans and their implementation of “evidence-based policies and practices to improve the recruitment, retention and graduation of a diverse community of students in physical science and engineering doctoral programs.”

A Sloan Center for Systemic Change (SCSC) is planned at Ohio State. Eight graduate STEM disciplines across the university (welding, materials science, biomedical engineering, computer science, chemistry and biochemistry, earth sciences, mathematics, physics) will pool data embedded in their programs to identify evidence-based practices and opportunities regarding recruitment, retention and graduation of a diverse community of students.

Stiner-Jones will be a participant in Sloan’s Equity in Graduate Education Consortium, which enables systemic change by providing research, tools, and strategies. Ohio State can apply for a four-year $1.4M implementation grant at the culmination of the seed grant.

Stiner-Jones has been a consistent supporter of the Diversity & Culture of Inclusion pillar for HAMMER and is an Associate Professor of Practice in Biomedical Engineering and the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs in the College of Engineering at The Ohio State University.