Making Room for Diversity Makes Sense

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Science  31 Aug 2001:
Vol. 293, Issue 5535, pp. 1611-1612
DOI: 10.1126/science.293.5535.1611

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SAN FRANCISCO-- Successful diversity programs level the playing field for women and minorities by addressing their needs and teaching undergraduates the unwritten rules of academic science. A generation of studies has identified the key elements: relevant and timely academic advice, a community environment, strong mentoring, and early involvement in research. So if U.S. higher education knows what works, then why are undergraduate institutions still failing to churn out more diverse groups of scientists?