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Thursday, August 23, 2018

SPARQ's diversity and inclusion collection of toolkits at is just one resource among many that aim to help higher education institutions and other organizations become more inclusive.


Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Two men pointing at a sheet of music in front of drums

In an exciting new education project, SPARQ is partnering with Youth Orchestra Los Angeles (YOLA) to examine the effects of rigorous orchestral training on children’s development. A program of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, YOLA gives some 700 children, ages 6 to 18, free instruments, intensive music training, and academic support.

Thursday, September 25, 2014
Black woman astronaut

Women faculty, especially women of color, are still underrepresented in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), despite more than 40 years of Title IX, affirmative action, and concerted efforts to "equip the women," "level the playing field," and "value diversity."

Wednesday, February 12, 2014
Two prison inmates
The Prison University Project (PUP) is the only onsite education program in the state of California that offers prisoners the opportunity to earn a college degree. PUP serves the inmates at San Quentin State Prison, California’s oldest and most notorious correctional facility, and is one of the largest prison education programs in the nation. By all indications, PUP has been extremely successful. But to improve its performance, attract funding, and expand to other prisons, PUP must conduct a more systematic evaluation...


woman selecting veneers


Stereotypically "geeky" spaces discourage women from pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math.


A few changes in room decorations can help women feel like they belong in STEM.


Low-income students and students of color often earn worse grades than do wealthier and White students.


Plotting a path from who you are now to who you want to be in the future helps students identify with school and earn better grades.

Women taking notes in a classroom


The stereotype that women are bad at science leads many of them to underperform in their courses.


A short writing task about treasured personal values deflects harmful stereotypes and helps women reach their full potential.

Teacher sitting in front of classroom full of students


School suspensions set students up to enter the school-to-prison pipeline, leading to unemployment and incarceration later in life (Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology).


Taking an empathetic, rather than punitive, approach to classroom discipline reduces suspensions and improves student-teacher relationships.