Community Guidelines

NSF's Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES National Network Community Guidelines

Welcome to the INCLUDES National Network!

The INCLUDES National Network is a community that supports collaboration and learning among partners working towards broadening participation in STEM. By joining and using this online community, you agree that you read and will follow the Community Guidelines. The purpose of the guidelines is to create a safe, inclusive environment where all members can openly share ideas, make connections, and learn from one another.

Our Guiding Principles: 

  1. Respect the purpose of the community. Use the INCLUDES Network community to share successes, challenges, constructive feedback, questions, and goals. Examples of how to get involved:
    • Share lessons learned, resources, and project updates
    • Participate and contribute to the growing knowledge base 
    • Be open to learning
  2. Respect intellectual property. Post content that you created, or that you have permission to use and have properly attributed to the content creator. When posting items in our collaborative environment, please indicate if the item is not available for reuse. We recommend that you contact the owner of any material you would like to reuse in advance to confirm the appropriate citation/attribution.
  3. Respect others. Focus on the content of posts and not on the people making them. We want the INCLUDES Network community to be a safe space where all members feel welcome to express their views, learn, and share with one another. 
  4. Engage others in culturally responsive ways. Be a good listener and honor differences in context, culture, voice, and experience in your narratives, actions, and demeanor.
  5. Emulate ideals of equity, diversity, and inclusion. Seek out and lift up diverse voices and perspectives in all aspects of the work, especially those that are traditionally excluded or marginalized. It is fine to disagree as long as we do so respectfully. Please remember, we are all committed to broadening participation in STEM, which requires sensitivity navigating the complexities that make achieving this goal challenging. 
  6. Assume good intentions and ask for clarification about anything that doesn’t make sense— whether it’s content or intent. 
  7. Lead by example. Be your best self and consistently model inclusivity and generosity when interacting within (and outside!) the community.

Violation of the Community Guidelines may result in the removal of content and in extreme cases, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub may revoke membership in the community.

The Legal Stuff
The INCLUDES National Network community is not responsible for the opinions and information posted on this site by others. In no event shall the INCLUDES National Network be liable for any special, indirect, or consequential damages or any damages whatsoever resulting from loss of use, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use or performance of any information posted on this site. The INCLUDES National Network does not on its own undertake editorial control of postings.

Privacy Policy
We take protecting your privacy seriously. Any personal information you provide to us through your profile page, such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address, will not be released, sold, or rented to any entities or individuals. While we do our best to protect your personal information, we cannot guarantee the security of any information that you transmit to us and you are solely responsible for maintaining the secrecy of any passwords or other account information. In addition, other Internet sites or services that may be accessible through our site have separate data and privacy practices independent of us, and therefore we disclaim any responsibility or liability for their policies or actions.

Any questions should be directed to the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub via the Contact Us link on this site.