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Robin Parent
Project Manager

ASPIRE: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty

In order to develop bold, new educational models that broaden participation in STEM programs and fields, the National Science Foundation (NSF) awarded a five-year, $10 million NSF INCLUDES Alliance grant co-led by APLU and the Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL).

ASPIRE Alliance logoAspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty will pursue three mutually reinforcing strategic goals all focused on faculty. The ultimate aim is attracting more underrepresented students—women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, persons with disabilities, and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds—into STEM college programs, assist them to stay in these programs, and help them graduate and succeed in a modern STEM workforce.

The Alliance’s three goals are to:

  • 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.