The STEM Initiative is an academic and research partnership between Indiana University and multiple Historically Black Colleges and Universities that promotes and develops the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines.
The STEM Initiative's vision is to establish long-term, mutually beneficial, highly interactive relationships between Indiana University and the Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) which result in:
The STEM Initiative has four objectives:
Dr. Adam Herbert, the first African-American president of Indiana University, conceived the STEM Initiative which the university partners launched in 2007. Dr. Herbert saw the Initiative as a way to:
Two senior IU administrators co-chaired the development of the Initiative:
About 70 faculty members and administrators from the IU and HBCU partners contributed to the STEM Initiative planning process.
The Barthwell Group, a management consultant firm, assisted in developing the concept for the STEM Initiative and coordinating its implementation.