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About DSI

Access. Opportunity. Development. Success.

Diversified Scholars Initiative was founded in 2015 by Dr. David Jamison. Our mission is to reverse the trends of underrepresentation and improve retention of ethnic minority students, faculty, and professionals in STEM fields. We envision: population parity and equity in level of support for ethnic minority STEM scholars

We do this by supporting STEM pre-scholars and scholars at all levels – K-12, to undergraduate, graduate and faculty. Part of our work is to advocate for support systems and infrastructure that minority STEM students need to ensure their success. In the long term, our goal is to make America’s pool of STEM faculty and professionals more diverse, more representative of the U.S. population, and better able to compete on the global scale.

A description of our programmatic focus can be found here.

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David Jamison, Ph.D.

President and Founder
David is a staunch supporter of meaningful efforts to increase diversity in STEM, particularly at the faculty level. David also remains committed to improving retention of minority STEM students in school and leading them to professional success. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering at Villanova University.
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Anthony Driggers, Ed.D.

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Emily Mattes

Emily wants to bring recognition to the unique issues facing underrepresented minorities seeking a career in STEM fields. She feels the STEM community is strongest when all are given the chance to achieve their full potential. Emily is a graduate student in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics program at the University of Pennsylvania.
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Dannielle Solomon Figueroa, Ph.D.

Dannielle received her Ph.D. at Drexel University in Biomedical engineering and now teaches at Arcadia University in Biology. She wants to increase the opportunities for exposure to STEM disciplines for pre-collegiate students of color and women in order to increase the number of students pursuing advanced degrees in STEM fields.
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Simara Price, Ph.D.

Programs Director
Simara is committed to increasing at-risk student retention in STEM majors by addressing student needs, including creating programs directly aimed at providing them with the tools to navigate the hidden curriculum of higher education. She is currently a Visiting Assistant Professor and Lab Coordinator at Ursinus College.