In ERC-INCLUDES, staff of ERCs and INCLUDES Design and Development Launch Pilots (DDLPs), Alliances, and the Coordination Hub will engage to reach objectives to
- Integrate evidence-based broadening participation practices of INCLUDES into the ERCs,
- Share ERC diversity activities and outcomes to inform research/practice of INCLUDES projects, and
- Build a durable collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation in NSF-funded research through the engagement of ERCs with the NSF INCLUDES National Network.
ERC-INCLUDES project activities include the CBI, as well as a community of practice, a website, a multi-media repository of resources available to participants, and the development of a model for bringing a community of NSF-funded projects into the INCLUDES National Network:
ERC-INCLUDES is funded by the National Science Foundation as a supplement to an existing ERC, the Center for Neurotechnology (CNT), headquartered at the University of Washington in Seattle. The CNT has excelled in the ERC community at including individuals with disabilities, and individuals form other underrepresented groups in research, leadership, and education. The ultimate impact of ERC-INCLUDES will be to increase the successful participation of individuals with diverse characteristics in STEM and improve these fields with their unique perspectives and expertise.