Aspire seeks to develop inclusive and diverse STEM faculty across the nation by aligning and reinforcing professional development, hiring, and retention practices of STEM faculty simultaneously at institutional, regional, and national levels.

Aspire welcomed over 270 participants in a 3-day virtual conference over June 1-3, to engage in deep meaningful work to further Aspire Change Initiatives, create opportunities to talk and share across teams, and to learn together from two major plenaries.

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Building institutional capacities and structures to cultivate a more inclusive and diverse STEM faculty.

Partnering with diverse organizations to provide faculty professional development in inclusive teaching, research mentoring, and advising.

Building regional collaboratives of 2-year and 4-year colleges and universities to prepare, develop, and onboard skilled and diverse faculty.

Examining if and how ASPIRE activities translate to more diverse and inclusive STEM spaces in higher education.


Our vision is to increase the learning, persistence, and completion of students from underrepresented groups (URG) in colleges and universities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) to increase their contributions to the U.S. STEM enterprise.

Aspire will pursue three mutually reinforcing strategic goals:

  1. Deepen the preparation of all STEM faculty to be inclusive and effective in their undergraduate teaching, research mentoring, and advising;

  2. Diversify the faculty through effective recruitment, hiring, and retention of URG STEM faculty via institutional transformation in practices, policies, and resources;

  3. Foster institutional cultures that recognize and value inclusivity and diversity broadly, and in the context of STEM faculty work specifically.

The overarching strategy is to effect change by aligning and reinforcing both professional development and hiring practices of STEM faculty simultaneously at institutional, regional and national levels, and to do so through a social equity-based collective impact process.

News & Events

Inside Higher Ed's, "The Souls of Black Professors," featuring Research co-lead, Kimberly Griffin

August Newsletter: Meet Aspire's new Evaluation co-lead and announcing the second cohort of IAspire Leadership Fellows.

Learn more about Aspire activities and new resources in our June newsletter.

Report: "Increasing Access and Retention for STEM Scholars from Underrepresented Groups"

Aspire Alliance Strategy Flowchart