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By Daniela Saucedo and Pradipti Bhatta , NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub On Friday September 25 th , the Coordination Hub hosted a live # INCLUDESchat on Twitter to discuss challenges and opportunities in STEM education with the start of the new academic year. We were joined by NSF INCLUDES National Network members and others working to improve diversity and inclusion in STEM . 6 guest panelists helped guide the conversation: Dipaya Banerjee , NSF Graduate Research Fellow, PhD Student, Georgia Institute of Technology @Dipayan_B Leah Graniela -Loving , Senior Manager, Youth Education & Equity , Techbridge ...
By Dr. Simone Soso , NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, QEM Five entries in this year’s National Science Foundation’s STEM Diversity and Inclusion Video Exhibition Challenge (STEM DIVE) took top honors for their videos showcasing innovative, effective, and replicable approaches to building a diverse and inclusive STEM workforce. From Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) students in Indiana designing a graphic novel of their research to a high school curriculum introducing circuitry and computer science through crafting, the STEM DIVE videos highlight exciting efforts taking place around the country to make STEM engaging and accessible ...
The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub i s always interested in learning and sharing project updates and stories with Network members. As part of this process, we recently spoke with the Wabanaki Youth Science ( WaYS ) program , a NSF INCLUDES - funded DDLP (Design and Development Launch Pilot) based in Penobscot County, Maine , to learn more about how WaYS is supporting Wabanaki students to embrac e STEM fields , especially environmental science, through culture and heritage . The official WaYS program , which began in 201 2 , is currently a collaboration between the University of Maine at Orono, the U.S. Forest ...
Contributed by Dr. Sheryl Burgstahler (DO-IT Center), Dr. Brianna Blaser (DO-IT Center), and Daniela Saucedo (Coordination Hub) We are pleased to share the Inclusivity and Accessibility for Individuals with Disabilities in STEM research brief , the second research product from the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub team. We note that this summer commemorates the 30 th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA), which provides protections against discrimination of people with disabilities in several areas including employment, education, health care, recreation, transportation, and housing, and we continue to strive to provide the highest ...
In the recent webinar, Leadership and Communication: Co-Creating Alignment and Awareness , NSF INCLUDES Network members shared strategies, resources, and tools related to effective leadership and communication. This Network Spotlight highlights enduring lessons about effective leadership and communication relevant under any circumstances, but which have been particularly important during this time. Our presenters were: Mimi Lufkin , CEO Emerita, National Alliance for Partners in Equity ( NAPE ) and the PI for the NSF INCLUDES DDLP, IM STEM ; Brianna Blaser , Ph.D., Project Coordinator for AccessINCLUDES at the University of Washington’s DO-IT Center ; ...
Written by Sylvia James, Deputy Assistant Director, Education and Human Resources Directorate, National Science Foundation In 1983, fresh out of college with a bachelor’s degree in biology, my first job focused on science education, which enabled me to address the issue of limited access for groups historically underrepresented in science. STEM participation rates for women, African Americans, Native Americans and Latinos were much lower than I expected. Unfortunately, 40 years later, work still needs to be done to make science inclusive . Today, as the nation is engaged in conversations about race and equity, we need to reexamine the ...
Written by Anne Palmer , Ed.D. , Stanford University, Executive Director Stanford Educational Leadership Initiative, STEM Core Alliance Director of Faculty Development. The STEM Core Alliance is an NSF-supported Alliance of 25 U.S. community colleges dedicated to broadening participation from people in groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM academic pathways and careers. ******************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************************** When Shadi Elaridi was ...
By Daniela Saucedo and Pradipti Bhatta Leadership and Communication is one of the five elements of Collaborative Infrastructure which is a tenet of the NSF INCLUDES initiative. The INCLUDES National Network explores questions such as how to co-create alignment and awareness and engage your core audiences. Engaging student voices is an important part of this process. On May 29 th , the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub hosted a #INCLUDESChat on Twitter highlighting the importance of incorporating student voice in broadening participation in STEM. We were joined by our wonderful guest presenters who helped guide the conversation: First2Network @First2Network ...
By Matthew Closter, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub During the COVID-19 pandemic, NSF INCLUDES National Network members are focused on continuing online education and learning experiences, as well as fostering channels for constituents to stay connected. In this time of physical distancing, with travel mitigated and in-person engagements diminished, members are striving to reach their audiences virtually and provide as much guidance and support as they can. Alliances with a focus on faculty, graduate student, and institutional networks, such as Aspire , the Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions (CAHSI) , and the Inclusive Graduate Education ...
The Department of Education is one of several federal agencies collaborating with the National Science Foundation and the NSF INCLUDES National Network to scale and sustain progress to broaden participation in STEM academic pathways and careers. Keep reading below to learn about the Department’s investments in STEM. *** Contributed by The Department of Education While most of the Department of Education’s budget is distributed to the states and school districts via various formulas that target low-income students, the Department also manages a variety of competitive grants that prioritize Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, including ...
Marginalized racial and ethnic groups continue to be underrepresented in science and engineering fields (NSF, 2019). To address these persistent disparities, it is critical to develop and implement strategies that attract and retain Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, American Indian, Native Hawaiian, Alaskan Native, and other Pacific Islander students and professionals in STEM. We are pleased to share the Evidence-based Strategies for Improving Equity and Inclusion of Individuals in Underrepresented Racial and Ethnic Groups , the first research brief from the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub team. The brief explores promising practices for broadening ...
In the recent webinar, Goals and Metrics: Gathering Evidence of Success , members of the NSF INCLUDES National Network shared the innovative ways they have engaged project stakeholders to think critically about what is needed to build a data system that can be used to document the process of collaboration and track project outcomes. This Network Spotlight highlights both of the presenters, Karen Peterman , who was the evaluator of the NSF INCLUDES DDLP, Earth Connections , and now leads the backbone organization for the SEAS Islands Alliance and Sarah Hug , evaluator of Computing Alliance of Hispanic-Serving Institutions or CAHSI . During the webinar, ...
During this ever-evolving situation, we know there are many challenges facing institutions/organizations and everyone at this time with closures, slow-downs, and interventions coming to a halt. The Coordination Hub wanted to use this community as a space to share some tips and strategies that members are using or could use to address and mitigate some of the challenges you might be facing and to support your target populations at this time. One network member shared the following information in an Affinity Group: With so many things moving online, now might be a good time to think about accessible online learning. Check out: 20 Tips for Teaching an Accessible ...
Contributed by: Katrina Bledsoe and Gabriela Garcia Keeping cultural responsiveness at the forefront of our work is a key component to broadening participation in STEM fields. With that in mind, we wanted to reflect, and continue to build upon the knowledge and resources shared by Network members at different points in time. We asked Katrina Bledsoe and Gabriela Garcia to highlight ideas, resources, and strategies shared at their session titled “ Culturally Responsive Evaluation: Learning from Practice ” during the NSF INCLUDES Convening in May 2019. During the session, Katrina and Gabriela shared that what drives their work is their commitment ...
In the webinar, Strengthening Capacity to Implement Culturally Responsive Practices , members of the NSF INCLUDES National Network explored the intersectionality of social, economic, and environmental dynamics, and discussed culturally responsive practices effective for broadening participation in STEM in both urban and rural settings in environments with limited access to resources. This Network Spotlight highlights one of the presenters, Timberley Roane, of the Building a Network for Education and Employment in Environmental Stewardship of Indigenous Lands (ESIL) project , based at the University of Colorado Denver. The ESIL network provides training ...
Broadening participation in the STEM workforce means taking into account non-traditional academic and career pathways. It can also mean welcoming back people who seek to return to or advance STEM career pursuits they had left behind to join the military, raise families, or for other reasons. To more deeply understand women’s engagement in STEM, and their re-entry into the STEM workforce, the National Science Foundation in fall 2019 funded six traineeships to develop the STEM knowledge base, skills, and competencies of undergraduate and graduate students after a career break. These traineeships are partially funded by The Boeing Company as part of its Women ...
In the recent webinar, Strengthening Capacity to Implement Culturally Responsive Practices , members of the NSF INCLUDES National Network explored issues related to the intersectionality of social, economic, and environmental dynamics, and culturally responsive practices effective for broadening participation in STEM. This Network Spotlight highlights one of the presenters, Sarah Riley of the First2 Network. The First2 Network aims to improve the college enrollment rate and success of undergraduate STEM students, with an emphasis on rural first-generation students in West Virginia though their first 2 years of college. Learn more about First2 Network’s ...
Q&A with Dr. Ala R. Qubbaj, Dr. Marie T. Mora, and Dr. Marci R. McMahon From Me to We: Building the NSF INCLUDES National Network Welcome to the blog series From Me to We: Building the NSF INCLUDES National Network ! In this series, we feature the work of different members of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. This post highlights Dr. Ala R. Qubbaj , Dr. Marie T. Mora , and Dr. Marci R. McMahon , and their work with the NSF INCLUDES Symposium for ADVANCING Latinas in STEM Academic Careers . Please tell us about your work, the broadening participation challenge it addresses, and a recent project highlight or accomplishment. ...
The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub aims to promote the success of INCLUDES Network members and elevate expertise. As part of this aim, we are featuring the important work of those in the INCLUDES Network through project spotlights. This post highlights the Leadership and iSTEAM for Females in Elementary School (LiFE) project. Special thanks to the project’s co-principal investigators, Bruce Bukiet, Nancy Steffen-Fluhr, James Lipuma, for sharing their important work. ...
Q&A with Sarah Lee and Vemitra White From Me to We: Building the NSF INCLUDES National Network Contributed by Sarah Lee and Vemitra White, Mississippi State University Welcome to the blog series From Me to We: Building the NSF INCLUDES National Network ! Over the next several weeks, we will feature the work of different members of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. This post highlights Sarah Lee and Vemitra White and their work with the Mississippi Alliance for Women in Computing . Please tell us about your work and the broadening participation challenge it addresses. The NSF INCLUDES Mississippi Alliance for Women in ...