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Statement of Purpose 

      The IINSPIRE-LSAMP Alumni Committee (ILAC) unites IINSPIRE alumni to facilitate a successful undergraduate career for current Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) undergraduate students in STEM by providing academic, financial, and professional assistance by fostering a welcoming and stable environment for both students and alumni. ILAC attends the Annual IINSPIRE LSAMP Conference where we host workshops and opportunity fairs, judge posters, moderate sessions, initiate discussions, and distribute financial awards. We also serve as mentors, participate in virtual panels, and assist in the planning and implementation of conferences. Through our assistance, we hope to increase BIPOC representation in STEM at the undergraduate and graduate levels. 






Myra James 


Iowa State University 

Class of 2018

Mechanical Engineering 

Raissa Zuim Dantas de Souza


Nebraska Wesleyan University 

Class of 2019


Queenster Nartey

Co-founder / Treasurer 

Grinnell College 

Class of 2016

Biological Chemistry 

Andres Mora Mata

Public Relations 

Doane University 

Class of 2019


Glorie Borsay


University of Iowa

Class of 2019

Global Health Studies

Rachel Alvarado 


Nebraska Wesleyan University 

Class of 2019 

Anthropology and Sociology


Queenster Nartey and Paul Faronbi met during their Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) at Iowa State University in Ames Iowa in June 2014. As Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska STEM Partnership for Innovation in Research and Education- Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (IINSPIRE LSAMP) scholars, they received financial and mentorship support. They quickly became good friends and cordial rivals as they cheered on Ghana and Nigeria during the 2014 World Cup. When they graduated in 2016, Queenster was selected as a Research Fellow at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Paul earned a position with General Mills.

In 2017, they were invited to speak as panelists to share ways to Cultivate STEM Identity for Student Success from an alum’s perspective. After the conference, an older gentleman approached Queenster and encouraged her to form a group for the IINSPIRE alumni to maintain the enriching relationships. Queenster shared the idea with Paul who agreed enthusiastically. Five months later, they drafted a Statement of Purpose proposal for the IINSPIRE LSAMP Alumni Committee (ILAC) and the Committee launched in July 2017. 


Their goal was simple- to unite IINSPIRE LSAMP alumni to help current students achieve success. During the 2017-2018 year, Paul and Queenster recruited nine alumni and hosted another panel at the 2018 conference. They decided to develop an ILAC Leadership Team (ILT) to assist them with recruitment and develop a mentoring program. During the 2018-2019 year, 20 alumni were part of ILAC, 11 of which served as mentors to 40 IINSPIRE students. In 2019-2020, the ILAC developed new initiatives: the Lending Library, Sponsorship Program, and Expansion into National LSAMP Alumni Group, all which launched during the 2020-2021 ILT. 


The Lending Library aims to support current undergraduate students by meeting the growing need for textbooks and graduate and professional school preparation books. The Sponsorship program was developed to raise funds to support current IINSPIRE scholars, and support ILAC initiatives, and alumni engagement. The National LSAMP Alumni Group serves as an additional resource for students to connect with LSAMP alumni all over the United States. In November 2020, the ILAC became a nonprofit corporation. Queenster and Paul are often incredulous when they reflect on the acheivements of the ILAC. 

Want more details? Click here to Read Queenster’s blog called “Just Go for it: How ILAC came to be” in the ILAC Blog!


Queenster Nartey and Paul Faronbi at 2016 IINSPIRE LSMAP Annual Conference in

Des Moines, IA


Contact Information

Email: iinspirelac@gmail.com


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