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Monday, November 21, 2016

Broadening Participation Institute 2017 Application Deadline

12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

Florida Southern College (FSC)
Lakeland, FL , 33801

We invite you to apply to send a team to the Council of Undergraduate Research (CUR) institute aimed at broadening participation and increasing access to and diversity in STEM programs.  Institutions will send small teams of faculty and administrators who will work together to craft an action plan to achieve inclusive excellence on their home campus. The institute is designed for faculty and administrators to develop (or enhance) their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for all students. An expressed goal of the institute is for participating institutions to develop an authentic program in support of broadening participation of students from underrepresented groups.

Examples of plans that teams have developed at past institutes include:

  • using work study funds to support first-year and sophomore students in undergraduate research;
  • collaborating with admissions to develop (and attend) recruiting events in inner cities;
  • developing STEM curriculum to be culturally sensitive; and
  • facilitating a series of mentoring workshops for faculty (and graduate students) about effective mentoring strategies for all, making sure issues faced by URM are directly attended to.

Three key themes will weave throughout the institute—preparation, climate, and mentorship. Each day will include lectures, case studies, and break-out sessions—facilitated by leaders in the field, including higher education professionals and university faculty and administrators—that are designed to promote networking and collaboration. The discussions will inform and prompt discussion about current solutions to broadening participation of underrepresented students and to stimulate new creative solutions. Institute participants will gain a notebook of resources and personal connections that will help them increase participation in a wide and diverse population of students.

Although the NSF grant to support the development of the institute came from the Biological Directorate, specifically Integrative and Organismal Systems individuals from a variety of STEM fields are encouraged to attend.

The institute will begin Friday evening at 5:00 pm on January 13 and conclude at noon on Sunday, January 15. It will be held at Florida Southern College in Lakeland, FL. Lakeland is about an hour’s drive from either Orlando International Airport or Tampa International Airport.

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