Islands of Opportunity Alliance—LSAMP
The world of Oceania is not small; it is huge and growing bigger every day. Epeli Hau‘ofa, "Our Sea of Islands."
The National Science Foundation's Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation Program
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program was mandated by Congress in 1991 and was designed to facilitate historically underrepresented students pursuing baccelaureate and graduate degrees in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). Today, there are 40 LSAMP Alliances across the United States with more than 500 participating institutions throughout the country. The Islands of Opportunity–LSAMP (IOA–LSAMP) represents the only LSAMP Alliance serving the entire US-affiliated Pacific region.
IOA-LSAMP is committed to increasing the number of underrepresented minority students—especially students of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ancestry—graduating with two- and four-year degrees in STEM disciplines. The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo serves as the lead institution in an Alliance that comprises 10 partner institutions across the Pacific, including: American Samoa Community College, College of the Marshall Islands, College of Micronesia—FSM, Chaminade University of Honolulu, Guam Community College, Hawaiʻi Pacific University, Northern Marianas College, Palau Community College, University of Guam, and University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa.
- Be an underrepresented racial/ethnic minority as defined by NSF: Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, African American, American Indian, Alaskan Native;
- Be a US citizen or permanent resident of the US or its possessions;
- Be enrolled in an undergraduate major in a STEM discipline.
IOA in the News
Inaugural IOA Data Camp
In October 2020 IOA-LSAMP and Chaminade University launched an IOA-wide online data analytics proficiency course. IOA students from Hawai‘i and the broader Pacific participated. The Data Camp was designed to introduce students to data analytics and to start the process of upskilling or reskilling participants through a set of curated hands-on, mentored learning modules. For more on this exciting story, go to "Inaugural online DataCamp launches first Pacific-wide STEM learning community"