Fostering Inclusive Classrooms and Student Support Systems through Psychosocial and Metacognitive Strategies.

The overarching goal of this project is to create an inclusive learning environment where students from all demographic groups are welcome and equally likely to be successful in STEM disciplines at Washington University in St. Louis. Drawing on research from social psychology and cognitive science, the project targets psychosocial and metacognitive factors related to inclusion, with a focus on collaborating with three key groups who interact with students during their first two years of undergraduate study:

1. STEM Faculty

2. Student Advisors and Student-Affairs Professionals

3. Undergraduate Peer Leaders

This campus-wide project is being designed, implemented, and evaluated by CIRCLE and collaborators throughout campus. It expands on other ongoing CIRCLE interventions including the Growth Mindset Study and the Social Belonging Study in General Chemistry. 


Gina Frey (CIRCLE, Chemistry)
Jan Ducheck (Cornerstone, Psychological and Brain Sciences)
Kathy Miller (Biology)
Jen Smith (College of Arts and Sciences, Earth and Planetary Sciences)
Rob Wild (Student Affairs)
Mark McDaniel (CIRCLE, Psychological and Brain Sciences)
Chris Wally (CIRCLE)
Angela Fink (CIRCLE)
Ali York (CIRCLE)

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)Funding

This five-year grant is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).