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The Institute of Engineering Community and Cultural Competence (IEC3) is aiding in the effort to eliminate the gender gap in STEM by providing culturally- and socially-relevant training and research to help pave the way for more women of color to enter STEM fields. To this end, IEC3’s goal is to better prepare middle school teachers, schools, and the communities in which they exist to foster STEM-learning opportunities for female African American and Latina middle-school students.

IEC3 achieves its goals by providing the following:

  • Professional development
  • Advocacy
  • Partnership development
  • Research

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Housed in USC’s Viterbi School of Engineering (Viterbi), IEC3 operates with Viterbi’s Computer Science Mentorship and Achievement with Relevance for Teachers and Students (CSMARTS) program to improve STEM achievement through culturally-relevant, applied computer science instruction with particular focus on female African American and Latina middle-school students. IEC3 and CSMARTS operate in partnership with Los Angeles-area charter middle schools to provide intervention and mentorship programs within Viterbi's Adopt-a-School, Adopt-a-Teacher (VAST) program.