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CUR Launches New Institute on Broadening Participation in STEM

published Dec 18, 2013 4:11pm
The Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR) is excited to announce a new institute. The Broadening Participation Institute is designed to help colleges and universities broaden participation in and increase access to and diversity in STEM programs. The institute is intended for faculty and administrators to develop (or enhance) their knowledge, skills, and competencies in increasing access, fostering diversity, and creating an inclusive environment for students from underrepresented groups. 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. The institute will be held March 7-9, 2014 at Johnson C. Smith University, Charlotte, NC.

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 walk away a notebook of resources and personal connections that will help them increase participation in a wide and diverse population of students. Institutions should send small teams of faculty and administrators who will work together to craft an action plan to implement change on their home campus.

Although the NSF grant (1) 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.

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