What is our mission?
The mission of the STARS (Students & Technology in Academia, Research & Service) Alliance is to increase the participation of women, under-represented minorities, and persons with disabilities in IT/computing disciplines through multi-faceted interventions.
At FSU, these interventions focus on projects and programs that start at elementary school and progress through graduate school and on to IT/computing careers.
The Alliance is organized as a national constellation of regional stars that include research universities, minority and women’s universities and colleges, K-12 educators, industry, professional organizations, and community groups. Stars implement “best practices” interventions with an integrated focus to:
- Educate and bring awareness to K-12 about IT/computing education programs, careers, service, etc.
- Recruit and retain under-represented populations in post-secondary computing programs and increase awareness of IT/computing disciplines and careers. Bridge student readiness for IT/computing and increase the number of undergraduates who enter IT/computing graduate school or the workforce.
- Sustain and institutionalize effective BPC practices at alliance institutions.
- Disseminate and increase national awareness of effective BPC practices.
On the National Level
STARS Computing Corps is a national community of regional partnerships with a mission to grow a diverse 21st century technology workforce. The Corps is a framework for integrating engagement into computing departments for recruitment and graduation of undergraduate and graduate students.
Utilizing our innovative STARS Leadership Corps program, a curricular or co-curricular service-learning program for college students, Corps students collaborate with regional K-12 schools, industry, and community partners to inform, engage, and prepare upcoming students for entry and success in college computing programs. Through student-led regional engagement that includes peer mentoring, team projects, and research experiences, STARS Computing Corps students are emerging as the future innovators of tomorrow.
In the past year (2017-18), STARS conducted 195 activities, devoting 708 hours of actual event time to reach over 9,447 students! (We reached 10,330 students in 2016-2017)