Broadening Participation Institute
This 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 in STEM programs. Institutions will send faculty and administrator teams to the institute who will craft an action plan to achieve inclusive excellence on their home campus. A goal of the institute is for participants to develop an authentic program that supports broadening participation in STEM of students from underrepresented groups.
Examples of plans that teams have developed at past institutes include the following:
Using work-study funds to support first- and second-year 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
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 higher education—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 wealth of resources and personal connections that will help them increase participation by a wide 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.
This is an annual event that typically takes place in the spring. We are still finalizing the dates and details for the next offering of this institute. Dates will be announced in CUR E-News
. Please check back soon! If you are interested in hosting this event, please contact Tavia Cummings
This institute was last held March 23-25, 2018, at the Bowie State University, Bowie, MD.
For questions or additional information about the institute, please contact Tavia Cummings