The goal of ERC-INCLUDES responds to NSF’s call to create opportunities among currently funded NSF projects to build a collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation in NSF-funded research and practice. The project fosters collaborations between the ERCs and NSF INCLUDES National Network. Goals of ERC-INCLUDES are as follows:
- Integrate evidence-based broadening participation practices of INCLUDES into the ERCs.
- Share ERC diversity activities and outcomes to inform research/practice of INCLUDES projects.
- Build a durable collaborative infrastructure for broadening participation in NSF-funded research through the engagement of ERCs with the NSF INCLUDES National Network.
To reach these objectives, participants from ERCs and INCLUDES projects will exchange expertise and experiences with each other, collect/develop relevant resources, and create action plans as they engage in a Community of Practice (CoP) over a two-year period. For information about the CoP, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
ERC-INCLUDES began with a national Capacity building institute in April 2019, where representatives from ERCs and INCLUDES projects promoted best practices for engaging women, racial and ethnic minorities, first generation college students, individuals with disabilities, and other groups underrepresented in STEM education. Conference proceedings will be available in the near future.