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Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation

What is LSAMP?

The Louis Stokes Alliance of Minority Participation Program (LSAMP) initiative supports historically underrepresented students in STEM. This program is limited to a select and highly committed group of students with a declared major in science, technology, engineering, mathematics.

About LSAMP Flyer (PDF)

Overview of LSAMP

The LSAMP program assists universities and colleges in their efforts to significantly increase the numbers of students matriculating into and successfully completing high-quality degree programs in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) disciplines. Particular emphasis is placed on transforming undergraduate STEM education through innovative, evidence-based recruitment and retention strategies, and relevant educational experiences in support of racial and ethnic groups historically underrepresented in STEM disciplines: African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians, and Native Pacific Islanders.

The LSAMP Program priorities are to:

  • Increase individual student retention and progression to baccalaureate degrees for underrepresented racial and ethnic groups
  • Enable successful transfer of underrepresented students from 2-year to 4- year institutions in STEM programs
  • Increase access to high-quality undergraduate research experiences, and
  • Facilitate the seamless transition of underrepresented students into STEM graduate programs

SWGa LSAMP Mission

The overall mission of the Southwest Georgia LSAMP Alliance is to increase the number of qualified underrepresented minorities receiving baccalaureate degrees in STEM and entering graduate school, and ultimately the STEM workforce. Our vision is to create a diverse STEM workforce that encompasses a culture of inclusion for all in STEM.

Louis StokesPhoto of Louis Stokes

  • 1925: Born on February 23 in Cleveland, OH to Charles and Louise Stokes
  • 1946: Honorable discharge from US Army
  • 1953: Earned Juris Doctorate from Cleveland College of Western Reserve University and opened his law firm, Stokes and Stokes, with his brother Carl
  • 1993: Became Chair of the Appropriations subcommittee on VA, HUF and Independent Agencies where he pushed federal agencies to hire and serve more minorities
  • 1971: First African American appointed to the Appropriations Committee
  • 1968: Win election as Ohio's first African American elected to the US House of Representatives
  • 1998: Retired from the House of Representatives after 30 years of never losing an election.
  • 2015: Died on August 18 of lung and brain cancer at home in Cleveland, OH

Who is Louis Stokes citation: History, Art & Archives, U.S. House of Representatives, "STOKES, Louis,",-Louis-(S000948)/ (October 15, 2019)

Congressman Sanford Bishop on death of Louis Stokes and how he helped CSU

"I am heartbroken to learn of the passing of my mentor, friend, and colleague, Congressman Louis Stokes. ..."Moreover, through his service on the House Appropriations Committee, Congressman Stokes effected change not just in Ohio, but throughout the country, and particularly in Georgia. With his help and guidance, the city of Columbus, Georgia was able to obtain federal funds to improve its water and sewer system. This led to the transformation of downtown Columbus, which came alive with the Columbus State University campus, the Chattahoochee RiverWalk, and the Whitewater Express." -

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