UCLA Joins APLU and CIRTL in Leading $10 Million NSF Grant to Cultivate a More Diverse & Inclusive STEM Faculty Nationwide
Project Seeks to Attract & Enable More Underrepresented Students to Succeed in STEM Fields
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The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced on September 5, 2018 the award of a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant co-led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU) and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), based at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. Joining the lead institutions in the new Alliance are Iowa State University; the University of California, Los Angeles; the University of Texas at El Paso; and the University of Georgia. These universities are partnering with dozens of other universities, two-year colleges and organizations across the country to scale practices aimed at diversifying the nation’s STEM college educators and grounding them in inclusive teaching practices. Referred to as the National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty (NAIDSF), this bold and ambitious collaboration will pursue three mutually reinforcing strategic goals all focused on faculty:
- Deepen the preparation of all future, early-career and current STEM faculty to be inclusive and effective in their undergraduate teaching, research mentoring and advising;
- Diversify the national faculty through effective recruitment, hiring, and retention of URG STEM faculty via institutional transformation in practices, policies, and resources;
- Foster postsecondary institutional cultures that recognize and value inclusivity and diversity broadly, and in the context of STEM faculty work specifically.
The ultimate aim is to attract into STEM college programs more students from groups historically underrepresented in higher education including women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds.
NAIDSF is among the first five NSF INCLUDES Alliance awards to be made by the NSF.
This award provides funding for a regional coordinator for the Southern California Regional Collaborative as well as additional funds for internship opportunities and travel to regional and national events.