Ciencia, Ingeniería, y Matemáticas Aliados (CIMA) is an Alamo Colleges’ Alliance that was formed in Fall 2013 when St. Philip’s College was awarded a Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Baccalaureate (B2B) Program grant funded by the National Science Foundation. CIMA is comprised of five of the Alamo Colleges: San Antonio College, Palo Alto College, Northeast Lakeview College, Northwest Vista College, and the lead institution, St. Philip's College, with the mission to significantly increase the number of underrepresented minority students who attain bachelor’s degrees in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
In an effort to achieve this mission, the CIMA-LSAMP program is active throughout the five colleges, providing students with opportunities such as peer mentorship, faculty mentorship, tutoring, and undergraduate research.
The Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) program assists universities and colleges in diversifying the STEM workforce through their efforts at significantly increasing the numbers of students successfully completing high-quality degree programs in STEM disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming STEM education through innovative recruitment and retention strategies and experiences in support of groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African-Americans, Alaskan Natives, American Indians, Hispanic Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders. The knowledge generation portfolio of LSAMP supported activities contributes to the body of literature on successful practices in student recruitment, retention, persistence, and attainment of STEM undergraduate and graduate degrees, especially for the previously mentioned populations underrepresented in STEM disciplines.