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Using community-building, mentorship and the expansion of career opportunities, IDS aims to fulfill the human need for belonging, enable the pursuit of purposeful work, and facilitate the development of skills. We are dedicated to supporting STEM students, from college to careers, through two active programs:

Whether you identify as a researcher, a business professional, an alumna or alumnus, or simply share a profound interest in STEM and social justice, we eagerly invite you to connect with us.

Leadership Academy

The Leadership Academy is an online (synchronous) interactive professional development program for undergraduate students in computer science, engineering, and other tech-related majors. The goal of the program is to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in these fields by: a) creating an inclusive community; b) teaching students communication, problem-solving, and networking skills, as well as professional norms and expectations; c) providing students with opportunities to expand their professional network; and d) connecting students to longer-term mentors in tech and engineering industries.

Sloan Student Fellows Program

Funded by a grant from the Alfred P.  Sloan Foundation, IDS started a partnership program between UMass Boston and UMass Amherst. The program creates culture change in computer science and engineering research labs by shaping faculty mindset, facilitating mentored research experience for students, and expanding and diversifying the applicant pool.