ABOUT

The I CAN PERSIST (ICP) Initiative is a culturally responsive, evidenced-based STEM program designed by Dr. Kerrie Wilkins-Yel. The initiative aims to advance academic and career persistence among women and girls of color interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields.

At the core of this initiative is a focus on providing a counter experience to the otherwise chilly climate that often plagues STEM environs. Here, women and girls of color are surrounded by an oasis of diverse, talented, multi-disciplinary scholars who are committed to affirming their belongingness in STEM while honoring and uplifting their intersecting identities. The ICP initiative is an embodiment of the old adage, “it takes a village…”.

Through this powerful collective of women and girls of color spanning all educational levels (i.e., high school, undergraduate, graduate, and professionals), we seek to increase access to resources and experiences that maximize students’ future success. These include opportunities for career development, research engagement, leadership development, and social change.

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Do not let anyone make you feel like you don't matter - because you do. And you have a right to be exactly where you are are.

-Michelle Obama