The Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (LSAMP) is a federal program funded through the National Science Foundation (NSF). The purpose of LSAMP is to increase the quantity and quality of students successfully completing Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) baccalaureate degree programs.
Founded in 2017, Southern Nevada Northern Arizona (SNNA) LSAMP is funded through an NSF LSAMP grant (HRD 1712523) and led by UNLV. In addition to UNLV, SNNA‐LSAMP includes three partner institutions: Northern Arizona University (NAU), the College of Southern Nevada (CSN), and Coconino Community College (CCC). SNNA‐LSAMP’s goal is to increase substantially the number of STEM baccalaureate degrees earned at colleges and universities in the region by students from historically underrepresented minority (URM) groups (specifically, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, American Indians, Alaska Natives, Native Hawaiians and Native Pacific Islanders).
Louis Stokes (1925‐2015) served 30 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and was the first African American to represent Ohio in Congress and to win a seat on the powerful House Appropriations Committee. Son of a widow who cleaned homes for a living, Stokes and his brother grew up in public housing. After serving in a segregated army unit during World War II, Stokes attended college and law school and became a prominent attorney prior to running for office. As both a member of and leader in Congress, Stokes was a sponsor and supporter of many bills and resolutions intended to assist disadvantaged populations, including H.R. 5240—101st Congress: Summer Science Academy of 1990 and H.R. 775—102nd Congress: Summer Science Academy of 1991.