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By Simone Soso, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub Collaborative Strategies for Inclusive Change , a new podcast series from the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, highlights projects and partnerships that are shifting inequitable systems to improve accessibility and inclusivity in STEM education and careers. Hosted by the Hub’s co-PI, Dr. Ivory Toldson , the podcast features interviews with leaders from NSF INCLUDES-funded projects and other scholars and practitioners committed to the NSF INCLUDES vision of a STEM enterprise that reflects the diversity of the nation. Each episode will bring listeners practical ideas for creating innovative collaborations ...
By Matthew Closter, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub The social distance required by the past year’s COVID-19 pandemic has offered an unexpected opportunity to experience the benefits of virtual relationships as well as their intense uncertainty and ambiguity. It has been an unplanned experiment in what happens when you dramatically decrease the barriers to collaboration but force all collaboration to occur virtually rather than in person. Although virtual collaboration was a necessity in 2020-2021, virtual collaboration approaches and tools are relevant during any time. The collaborations that have been built to help broaden participation in STEM, often spanning ...
By: Carly Chillmon , NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub (Digital Promise) How can we structure, coordinate, and orchestrate the work of broadening participation in STEM? One way is through building a collaborative infrastructure to help multiple organizational partners more effectively organize their research and development efforts. To promote effective collaborative processes, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub is making information and insights on promising practices and methods from National Network members more rapidly and readily available to other Network members and others committed to broadening participation in STEM. Introducing a New Publication Opportunity ...
By: Simone B. Soso, Ph.D., NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub Accelerating the processes of broadening participation in STEM through collaboration is the foundation of the NSF INCLUDES National Network. In this blog post, four Ph.D. students share how they are using social media to connect, recruit, and retain diverse populations in STEM. Funded through the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health , these graduate students created platforms on Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and YouTube to show the world what diversity in STEM looks like. They are working to advance diversity and engagement in STEM education and careers to ...
“My mother always encouraged my interest in STEM. It all began with the 4th grade Science Fair when I built an incubator to hatch chickens. I became enthused with animal science and when old enough I began volunteering at the National Zoo and learning about careers in animal science.” NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub’s Simone Soso , along with others, described what sparked her interest in STEM in the most recent live #INCLUDESchat on Twitter. To celebrate Women’s History Month and the publication of our Evidence-Based Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls and Women in STEM research brief, the Coordination Hub hosted a live #INCLUDESchat on Twitter ...
STEM PUSH Network Launches Communications Training for Stakeholders By Alyssa Briggs and Veronica Gonzales TIES (backbone organization for STEM PUSH ) This is a test. Please read the following two paragraphs and then answer the question that follows. Paragraph #1 - STEM is a great way to engage students and launch them on meaningful academic career trajectories. Students who engage in STEM in early grades are more likely to follow a concrete STEM trajectory throughout their schooling and lives. Paragraph #2 - Robert and Mary are students in a first grade class where they learn math by racing insects across the room. In second grade, ...
By Karen Peterson, Chief Executive Officer, National Girls Collaborative Project; Katarina Lucas, Senior Project Manager, National Girls Collaborative Project; and Daniela Saucedo, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub March is Women’s History Month, a time “for commemorating and encouraging the study, observance, and celebration of the vital role of women in American history.” 1 This March, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub is pleased to share our latest research brief, Evidence-based Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Girls and Women in STEM . The brief explores gender disparities along educational and career pathways and discusses strategies to address ...
By Evangeline Ambat, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub As the coronavirus pandemic continued into a new year, the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub launched into 2021 with a focus on virtual STEM internships, hosting two webinars with federal agencies and a live Twitter chat. The webinars were well attended and engaging, sharing valuable insights into best practices for recruiting, welcoming, and managing virtual interns, and highlighting the many ways in which the scientific teams at U.S. federal agencies are taking effective action to broaden participation in STEM. The first webinar on January 28 focused on “ Best Practices in Virtual Internships ” and featured ...
By Pradipti Bhatta and Evangeline Ambat, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub kicked off 2021 with a new look for the NSF INCLUDES National Network website and improvements to the online community . In response to feedback from Network members , we developed a fresh new look for the homepage ; more user-friendly navigation ; streamlined access to information about the National Network, the NSF INCLUDES initiative , and the Coordination Hub ; increased our use of imagery throughout the site and added a page featur ing the most recent Hub resources for non- Network ...
By: Carise Mitch, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub In a year of unprecedented challenges, NSF INCLUDES Network members innovated and adapted, always moving forward and finding new opportunities to broaden participation in STEM education and careers. A recent discussion thread on the Network’s online community highlighted just a few of 2020’s success stories: Scott Bellman, of the Do-It (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center shared that they, along with the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT) – a NSF Engineering Research Center - launched a new program for neurodiverse learners, planned for March 2020. The pandemic forced ...
Author: Carise Mitch, Coordination Hub STEM internships can be life-changing experiences for students, expanding horizons and paving the way to further study and future careers. Federal agencies offer unique opportunities for students to learn from skilled scientists working in many exciting fields, from geology and earth sciences to engineering, computer science, and more. Over the last year, many organizations and students have pivoted to virtual internships, discovering new challenges as well as new opportunities along the way. The NSF INCLUDES National Network kicks off 2021 with an exciting two-part webinar series exploring best practices and opportunities ...
By David Boone, Jan Morrison and Davin Sweeney, STEM PUSH Network And Matthew Closter, NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub The NSF Coordination Hub recently featured two important resources: a research brief on Collaborative Change Models and a blog from the STEM PUSH Network (Pathways for Underrepresented Students to Higher Education Network). The two complement each other, with the brief mapping collaborative change models to the NSF INCLUDES five design elements of Collaborative Infrastructure , and the blog illustrating how one of the collaborative change models, a Network Improvement Community (NIC), can work in practice. The Coordination ...
Now is the Moment to Disrupt the College Admissions Process Here Are Some Ideas Curated by the STEM PUSH Network By David Boone, Jan Morrison and Davin Sweeney The STEM PUSH Network (Pathways for Underrepresented Students to Higher Education Network) , one of the NSF INCLUDES-funded Alliances , uses a networked improvement community approach to transform college admissions. The STEM PUSH Network aims to: Develop a pre-college improvement community within the National STEM Ecosystem Develop an accreditation system for STEM pre-college programs Provide an equitable, evidence-based metric to higher education ...
By Sara Greller , NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub Wondering how you could become more actively engaged in the NSF INCLUDES National Network? Joining an Affinity Group is a great way for NSF INCLUDES Network members to connect around similar goals, foci, interests, needs, or approaches to broadening participation in STEM . The NSF INCLUDES Affinity Groups were created in response to the needs and requests of Network members to have a designated virtual s pace for discussion and sharing of resources on specific topics of interest. Who should join an Affinity Group? Any member of the Network! ...
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 ; and ...
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 STEM ...