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Accelerating broadened participation in STEM education and careers

NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative (Inclusion Across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) is a comprehensive national initiative designed to enhance U.S. leadership in discoveries and innovations by focusing on diversity, inclusion and broadening participation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) at scale. NSF INCLUDES is one of the NSF 10 Big Ideas.

The INCLUDES National Network uses collaborative infrastructure to accelerate and enhance the preparation, participation, and contributions of historically excluded populations in STEM—including Blacks and African Americans, Alaska Natives, Hispanics and Latinos, Native Americans, Native Hawaiians, Native Pacific Islanders, persons with disabilities, persons from economically-disadvantaged backgrounds, women and girls, as well as intersectional identities.

The more than 4,000 members of the Network represent K-12, postsecondary education, bridge programs, informal STEM education, federal and industry partners, and STEM careers and career advancement. It includes entities funded by INCLUDES but is inclusive of all who are interested in broadening participation in STEM education and careers. The benefits of the National Network to its members are:

  • To learn about—and share—best practices in systems change and broadening participation with other leaders from education, science, industry, nonprofits, professional organizations, and government;
  • To strengthen capacity in areas such as building and maintaining collaborative infrastructure and equitable practices, strategy, measurement, communication, systems change, and program sustainability;
  • To join a national community of supportive peers singularly committed to catalyzing STEM education and career opportunities for historically underrepresented and underserved populations; and
  • To prepare to apply for NSF funding to develop pilot programs or alliances that advance STEM equity.

Learn more about the partners in the INCLUDES National Network.

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