Pacific Alliance

for Supporting Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) in STEM Fields Partnership

Goals and Outcomes

The goal of the Pacific Alliance for Supporting Individuals with Disabilities (IWD) in STEM Fields Partnership (Pacific Alliance) is to increase the numbers of IWD in STEM postsecondary education programs and ultimately the STEM workforce in Hawai‘i.

Proposed outcomes are:

  1. Increased graduation rates in degreed programs (associate, baccalaureate, and graduate degrees); and
  2. Increased rates of graduates (high school, associate, baccalaureate, and graduate) entering STEM employment.

Evidence based, student-centered practices will be explored to address four categories of barriers to increasing STEM participation and progress in STEM fields: (1) disability (e.g., physical access and lack of academic and career accommodations); (2) self-empowerment/exploration (e.g., perceived lack of ability to succeed, and lack of awareness and opportunities in STEM); (3) academics (e.g., lack of basic academic skills, lack of academic supports, advising, and accommodations, and insufficient course content success in STEM courses); and (4) career/employment (e.g., physical, communication, and visual access to job responsibilities and lack of knowledge of work specific accommodations).

Award Information

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD #09-29079. For information about the Pacific Alliance contact Dr. Kiriko Takahashi at kiriko@hawaii.edu or Dr. Hye Jin Park at parkhye@hawaii.edu.

Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.