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LEADER Initiative

LEADER Initiative

A College Spark of Washington, “LEADER Initiative,” seeks to establish a LEADER Coalition to engage in two years of collaborative, community-based planning intended to imagine how we can collectively increase and sustain the racial, ethnic, and linguistic representation of our educator workforce.

Dr. Allison Hintz submitted a planning grant proposal for a project titled “LEADER Initiative” to College Spark of Washington. The Leaders in Education Advancing Diversity, Equity, and Racial justice (LEADER) initiative aims to elevate community-driven efforts that increase and sustain diversity in Washington’s educator workforce. This two-year planning project aims to develop a workforce strategic plan using LEADER goals and approaches, redesign gateway STEM courses across math, chemistry, biology, engineering, and computer science to provide progressive and innovative STEM curriculum that significantly improves student success and retention through building community engagement and STEM identity. Dr. Hintz received $150,000 to complete this work beginning August 2022.