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 breakout 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.

Next Offering:

March 22-24, 2019

Whitworth University - Spokane, WA

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Institute Registration Fees*:
Registration Type Registration Fee
Enhanced Institutional Member $675 (per accepted participant)
Institutional Member $750 (per accepted participant)
Individual Member $825 (per accepted participant)
Non-member $925 (per accepted participant)
*The institute rates include all sessions, materials, and most meals (Friday evening through Sunday morning). Transportation to the hotel from an airport or train station is the responsibility of the registrant.
To guarantee that a place is held, payment for the institute must be received by the CUR National Office at least 30 days prior to the event, unless prior arrangements are made with the CUR National Office. Registrations for participants who have not paid, or made prior arrangements with the CUR National Office, may be cancelled. In the event that a participant’s registration is cancelled due to nonpayment, the application fee will not be refunded.
To check whether your institution, company or organization is a current member, please use the Institutional Member Directory or email the CUR Membership Team.  




Application Information

Application Deadline:
February 21, 2019

Lodging Options:

Hotel - Group Rate Available:
Quality Inn
7919 N. Division Street, Spokane, WA, 99208, US
The rate is $155 per night.

Cancellation Policy:

In general, the cancellation deadline is 30 days prior to the start of the conference, except where explicitly noted. Cancellations requests received in writing to the CUR National Office prior to the cancellation deadline will receive a full refund less a $50.00 cancellation fee. No refunds will be given after the cancellation deadline. Transfer of registration to another individual before the cancellation deadline is free of charge but subject to member classification charges due to differences in conference rates. Transfer of registration after the cancellation deadline will be charged a $50.00 transfer fee.
Institutions may not substitute one participant for another without prior approval of the CUR National Office.
CUR always suggests that registrants purchase low-cost travel insurance when booking their air reservations. Not only will this insurance cover your airfare in the event of cancellation, but it will also cover the registration cost for the meeting.


Last Offering:

This institute was last held March 23-25, 2018, at Bowie State University, Bowie, MD.


For questions, additional information or are interested in hosting this event in a future year, please contact Tavia Cummings.
Visit CUR’s Upcoming Events page to see a list of all scheduled events.