CBESS (The Community of Bilingual English-Spanish Speakers Exploring Issues in Science and Health)
The CBESS program is a five-year, multi-collaborative, multi-disciplinary initiative funded by the National Institutes of Health on September 1, 2017. It is a Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA), a highly prestigious and competitive award that aims to increase linguistic diversity in STEM and health care fields. The College of Education is partnering with the School of Medicine (SOM) to create a pipeline between bilingual K-12 students and higher education to foster a Community of Practice of STEM healthcare professionals and Spanish-English speakers. For K-12 participants (Student Researchers), the program will include bilingually-supported career exploration, an intensive residential summer research experience, year-round near-peer mentoring from University of Nevada, Reno students, and community outreach and dissemination experiences. Our Student Researchers will also have an opportunity to apply for research internship opportunities in the School of Medicine. Another component of the CBESS program is the training of Leadership Trainees (LT) to assist, guide, and mentor the Student Researchers. LTs will be trained by University of Nevada, Reno faculty in mentoring skills and inquiry-based science instruction, as well as the knowledge to help position the Student Researchers as insiders into STEM fields. This project seeks to encourage bilingual students to pursue higher education and participate in science and health workforces.