What We Do

Broadening Participation, Expanding Opportunities

The NSF INCLUDES National Network is designed to foster collaboration through the NSF-developed five design elements of collaborative infrastructure: Shared Vision; Partnerships; Goals and Metrics; Leadership and Communication; and Expansion, Sustainability, and Scale. Collaborative infrastructure helps build strong and flexible networks, which we believe will accelerate the success of the movement to broaden participation in STEM.

Interested in improving diversity in STEM?

Through the Coordination Hub, Network members have access to resources that help deepen their knowledge and application of collaborative infrastructure for their own work, to build collaboration across the Network, and to advance change to inequitable systems in STEM education and careers. The Coordination Hub shares peer and Hub-provided resources, offers capacity-building webinars, and facilitates peer learning and discussion, both online and in person.

The Five Elements of Collaborative Infrastructure

NSF INCLUDES Five Design Elements of Collaborative Infrastructure

Engage the Community in a Shared Vision

Every NSF INCLUDES-funded project and the National Network engages the community in a shared vision engages a broad community in a shared vision of the importance and power of diversity in scientific innovation.

Partnerships provide a platform for collaborative action

Partnerships and networks are at the heart of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. The Coordination Hub, alliances, design and development launch pilots, conferences, and other NSF-INCLUDES-funded projects provide a platform for partnerships and collaborative action.

Goals and Metrics allow for evidence-based decision making

Partnerships and networks run on shared goals and metrics that allow for robust data that facilitates evidence-based decision making

Leadership and Communications increase communication and visibility

NSF INCLUDES is designed to build capacity for leadership and communication among organizations and individuals to create opportunities in STEM education and careers.

Establish the capacity for Expansion, Sustainability, and Scale

Collaborative infrastructure should lead to more partners joining the movement, more connections being made, and chance for collaborative change to lead to expansion, sustainability, and scale.

The NSF INCLUDES Network is open to anyone interested in improving diversity and inclusion in STEM.