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The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation  (LSAMP)




Louis Stokes, for whom LSAMP is named, was a politician, civil rights attorney, and advocate. Born in Cleveland in 1925, he became the first African American congressman from Ohio and was a co-founder of the Congressional Black Caucus. 


There are over forty LSAMP programs throughout the United States funded by the National Science Foundation. Activities are designed to facilitate communication and interaction among Alliance members and across disciplines, thus fostering a sense of community among Alliance members; strengthening the Alliance structure; and providing students and faculty opportunities to build productive, academic, and professional networks.


LSAMP is designed to increase the quality and quantity of students, particularly underrepresented minority students who are pursuing degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The National Science Foundation defines minorities who are underrepresented in STEM fields as: Black or African American, Native American and Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latino, and Native Hawaiian or other Native Pacific Islander.


Currently, the supply of STEM practitioners does not meet our region's or the country's need for well-trained professionals. The VA-NC Alliance's activities will provide a crucial boost not only to the numbers of well-trained professionals, but also to the diversity of that population. The variety of perspectives provided by a more diverse population will strengthen the STEM professions and potentially increase innovation and the ability to solve complex problems faced by our global society in the twenty-first century.


No person on grounds of race, color, age, gender, national origin or disability shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving financial assistance from NSF.




Other items of interest to LSAMP and STEM issues:

Louis Stokes Videos

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

Diversity at the University of Virginia

Office for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia

Institute for Broadening Participation

National Action Council for Diversity in Engineering

National GEM Consortium

National Radio Astronomy Observatory

National Science Foundation

National Society of Black Engineers

Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Society of Women Engineers