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Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) have defined the 21st century, driving innovation, advancement, and professional opportunities at an unprecedented scale. Yet many of those opportunities are inequitably distributed across the country. On the latest episode of The SRI Homeroom podcast, NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Coordination Hub Director Andrea Venezia joins host Kori Hamilton Biagas to discuss the systems behind STEM and STEM education, and how initiatives like INCLUDES are working to improve them. Venezia shares her own personal and professional journeys and how she came to work with INCLUDES, a unique convergence of social ...
The new model for NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES (INCLUDES) National Network is launching! We heard you. The Alliance Collective’s Community Workshop report asked for support from the INCLUDES Coordination Hub (Hub) to: move toward systemic change; coalesce around one big transformational and aspirational collective goal; tell the story of the INCLUDES community; utilize collaborative mechanisms that allow for collaboration and reflection; share and collect data together; and grow in a way that incorporates policy-related work. The Hub’s new model will launch in April and is tuned to support these community-based recommendations. We’re introducing ...
Dear INCLUDES National Network members and friends: Season’s greetings from the INCLUDES Coordination Hub! We’re excited to share with you the specifics about our new vision and what they mean for our engagement with you. The INCLUDES Coordination Hub (Hub) partners — SRI , UC Berkeley’s College & Career Alliance Support Network , Quality Education for Minorities , and WestEd — are opening up new avenues of support for the National Network. We are building momentum for the National Network to be the nation’s go-to entity for people to learn about strategies, practices, and models to create equitable opportunities for people to thrive in STEM ...
By Kathy Booth, INCLUDES Coordination Hub Co-Principal Investigator In August, members of NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES National Network (National Network) met in Washington, DC, to share strategies for broadening participation in STEM and learn how our efforts are addressing systems change. At the opening plenary , members of the INCLUDES Coordination Hub (Hub) outlined the relationship between the INCLUDES Theory of Change, strategies associated with building collaborative infrastructure, and the conditions for systems change, with a focus on how the INCLUDES Initiative will measure outcomes in each domain. This post shares that framing and provides ...
By Andrea Venezia on behalf of the Coordination Hub NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Coordination Hub (the Coordination Hub) is thrilled to announce that it will be supporting the INCLUDES National Network (National Network) for another five-year cycle! We envision the National Network as a go-to entity for people across the country to learn about strategies, practices, and models to create equitable opportunities in STEM fields. The National Network is focused on changing systems that hold inequities in place to broaden participation in STEM. The National Network will leverage the foundation built since the inception of NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson ...
By Andrea Venezia, INCLUDES Coordination Hub Director, and Seth Klukoff, INCLUDES Coordination Hub Co-Principal Investigator August 31, 2023, marks the end of the funding cycle that supported NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Coordination Hub from 2018-2023. In this post, we reflect on those five years, on our gratitude to the INCLUDES community, and on plans for sustainability. We have learned a great deal from the INCLUDES National Network over the past five years and hope to maintain your engagement and involvement for years to come. As we look back on the past five years, we would like to share several important results from these first five years ...
Highlights from NSF’s 2023 Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES National Network Convening By Carissa Chang Cress and Carise Mitch, Equal Measure, partners in NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Coordination Hub Earlier this month, nearly 300 practitioners, researchers, students, faculty, and colleagues from federal agencies met in Washington, DC, to accelerate the national movement to broaden participation in STEM education and careers. The 2023 INCLUDES National Network Convening, Sustaining Equity-Driven Systems Change , featured two days of engaging plenary sessions, workshops, discussions, and networking across disciplines, geographies, ...
The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub is pleased to share that the name of the INCLUDES initiative has been changed to honor the trailblazing U.S. Congresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson . Technically, the change occurred in August when the CHIPS and Science Act was signed into law. The new name is NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative and will be referred to this way on first mention, with INCLUDES or the INCLUDES Initiative on further mention. For example : NSF’s Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Initiative (the entire effort, inclusive of the funding itself, the INCLUDES-funded projects, the INCLUDES Alliances, the National Network, and the ...
By Jon Boxerman, Sharon Nelson-Barber, Kimberly Nguyen, and Liz Rechebei The goal of the NSF INCLUDES: SEAS Islands Alliance ’s research is to understand how Indigenous islanders on several U.S. territories and affiliated islands develop science or engineering identities and experience a sense of belonging to the STEM community and to their own cultural heritage. To accomplish this, we engaged with representatives with lived and nuanced cultural expertise, and together we developed measurement instruments that more accurately and authentically represented core concepts of identity and belonging in participating communities. We hope the process can ...
NSF INCLUDES' Shared Measures platform tracks data collected by the Coordination Hub. Data are provided by projects funded or co-funded by NSF INCLUDES and by Network members generally. Recently, the Coordination Hub's Shared Measures team updated several data areas on the website that provide helpful insights into the work of the INCLUDES Alliances and other Network members to broaden participation in STEM education and careers. Visit the Program Participation page to see an updated list of projects funded or co-funded by NSF INCLUDES contributing data to the shared measures platform. Visit the Students and Educators tab on the same page to ...
The U.S. National Science Foundation has announced four new NSF INCLUDES Alliances, investing more than $39 million in the new cohort over five years. The 2022 cohort will join the 13 other established Alliances in advancing science and engineering by promoting and supporting accessibility, collaboration, equity, and inclusion in STEM education, careers, and research. "NSF INCLUDES develops networks that are the key to building and sustaining the kind of systemic change that is needed to move the needle on inclusivity in STEM in a substantial way," said Sylvia M. Butterfield, acting assistant director of NSF's Directorate for Education and Human Resources. ...
By Neil Schiavo , STEM Opportunities in Prison Settings STEM Opportunities in Prison Settings (STEM-OPS) , an NSF INCLUDES Alliance, has a vision that “All persons impacted by the carceral system are able, and encouraged, to pursue a culturally responsive and equitable high-quality STEM education and career.” Our work encompasses a broad range of activities to address obstacles that currently limit access to STEM education and careers. A critical, common strategy across all STEM-OPS activities has been the inclusion of the voices and input of those who have been most directly impacted by the current system and its inequities: people ...
As we continue our series of blog posts exploring how institutions influence changes in systems that create more equitable outcomes for students and learners from minoritized populations, including Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs), we are celebrating Black History Month and highlighting the many NSF INCLUDES member projects led by or partnering with Historically Black Colleges and Universities. HBCUs have been vital to the American story for over 180 years. The oldest HBCUs were established after the Civil War, and in 1965 Congress officially defined them as schools of higher learning accredited and established before 1964, and “whose principal mission ...
By: NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub A message from the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub Throughout a busy and challenging year, the NSF INCLUDES National Network has flourished and our community of support for broadening participation in STEM education and careers has expanded and deepened. The NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub is proud to support the 3000+ member strong NSF INCLUDES National Network community, which brings together the power of many to strengthen STEM equity, connecting individuals, alliances, pilot programs, federal agencies, educational institutions, and other entities across the nation working to shift inequitable systems and broaden participation ...
As the nation celebrates Native American Heritage Month, the Hub is showcasing NSF INCLUDES-funded projects that center Native American communities across the country in STEM education and careers. Many of these projects are led by or partner with Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). This is the first of a series blog posts exploring how institutions influence changes in systems that create more equitable outcomes for students and learners from minoritized populations, including TCUs and Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs). The NSF INCLUDES National Network hosts an Indigenous STEM Affinity Group, where researchers and practitioners ...
The U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF) is seeking submissions in a 3-page narrative format describing the evidence-based steps that Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs) have taken, or will take, to mitigate the negative impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on the diversity, equity, and inclusion of undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and faculty in STEM higher education programs and institutions. $200,000 in total cash prizes will be awarded to winning institutions. Submissions will be accepted beginning October 14, 2021, through 11:59 EST January 31, 2022 . IHEs do not need to have a grant from NSF to enter the challenge. ...
Matthew Closter , NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub The theme was “Mobilizing to Transform Systems” as over 200 participants representing projects from across the country focused on broadening participation in STEM education and careers came together virtually for three days in August to share their work, connect to others, learn and share new skills, and collectively strengthen the NSF INCLUDES National Network. The 2021 convening marked three years of the NSF INCLUDES initiative, which is one of NSF’s Big Ideas for 2026. The convening featured inspiring talks from government, civic, and student leaders and innovators; breakout sessions to share successes, challenges, ...
Sharing measures, metrics, and outcomes is critical to communicating progress and challenges and promoting effective action. In September 2021, NSF INCLUDES is launching a Shared Measures platform that will collect and present data documenting the national effort to broaden participation in STEM education and careers. The initial data set, provided by the eight original NSF INCLUDES Alliances , documents the characteristics of the populations served and the growing reach and outcomes associated with the collaborative infrastructure model . Any project or initiative engaged in efforts to broaden participation in STEM for historically excluded ...
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 ...