Piece 1: Access to Advancement
MIND Alliance is a program designed to increase interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) among minority students with disabilities, and helps them transition into STEM-based academic programs and careers. The program brings together the expertise and resources of two minority-serving universities: Hunter College, City University of New York in New York City and Southern University at Baton Rouge, LA. And it serves high school and college students from New York, New Jersey, and Louisiana. The program emphasizes cultural sensitivity, while offering tutoring, mentoring, internships, and career assessment and counseling. And through field trips and hands-on activities, students in the program learn that science can be fun and interesting.
Piece 2: Immigration and Disabilites
People with mental disabilities face unlawful deportation in the US immigration system. Luis has schizophrenia and he didn't have access to his medication while he was in detention. Hear his story. Jessie Graham reports.