Meet the Midwest Hub

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This hub will focus on the unique issues faced by midwestern and indigenous students with disabilities.  In particular, the research will examine how the student success supports each institution implements either aids or does not aid in reaching each critical juncture for students with disabilities: access, entry, progress, completion, and transition. While Completion by Design’s Loss/Momentum Framework initially focused on community college systems, it is now used to support educators in designing each step of students’ pathways to completion by examining loss points and momentum strategies. Knowledge gleaned from the study will be available for TAPDINTO-STEM Alliance partners for mid-course adjustments and ultimately to discover how well-known interventions like mentoring, applied in combination with other success programs, lead to innovations that improve degree completions for SWD STEM majors. 

Alexis Petri

Midwest Hub Lead

Petria@umkc.edu

Dr. Alexis Petri is Senior Director of Faculty Support in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Associate Research Professor of Psychology.  She recently completed a two-year project as lead assurance argument writer for UMKC’s Higher Learning Commission accreditation reaffirmation (accreditation is reaffirmed). She serves as principal investigator on a grant project funded by the U.S. Department of Education that includes college students with intellectual disabilities at the University. She also has experience as principal investigator, co-principal investigator, and project director for several National Science Foundation grants that seek to broaden participation in STEM for underserved populations.

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University of Missouri at Kansas City

  • Dr. Alexis Petri, Interim Director of Service Learning in the Office of the Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, and Associate Research Professor of Psychology, will serve as STEM faculty mentor, Hub Lead, CLI, and will chair the Hub Working Committee and lead the hub research study.
  • Dr. Fengpeng Sun, Assistant Professor of Earth System Science, will serve as STEM faculty mentor.
  • Dr. Jacob Marszalek, Professor and Interim Associate Dean of Education, will assist with Hub Research studies.
  • Dr. Yugi Lee, Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering, will oversee portal design and programming.
  • Dr. Ye Wang, Associate Professor in Communication Studies, will oversee the data science and data visualization programming of the portal.
  • 5 Graduate Student Employees, with a start date of Spring 2022, will assist with project activities. Two of these individuals will be assigned to website and portal duties at 50% effort, while three individuals will be assigned to Hub site data support.
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Little Priest Tribal College:

  • Brenda Conway, Director of Grants and Institutional Contracts, will serve as the CLI and will identify a STEM faculty member before the project starts.

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee:

  • Dr. John A. Berges, Professor of Biological Sciences, will serve as STEM faculty mentor and CLI.
  • Dr. Erica Young, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences, will serve as STEM faculty mentor.

Wichita State University:

  • Dr. Nils Hakansson, Associate Professor of Biomedical Engineering, will serve as STEM faculty mentor and CLI.
  • Dr. Vinod Namboodiri, Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, will serve as STEM faculty mentor.