IThrive Collective

What is the Collective?

The IThrive Collective aims to establish a nurturing environment for BIPOC* and other URG** STEM faculty across the country. Members support each others’ growth, leadership, and scholarship, helping each scholar to thrive, by sharing resources, information, and networks.

Vision Statement

The collective is a supported networking and professional development community offering virtual gatherings (webinars) and a LinkedIn community space. The collective’s aim is to both enhance the professional success of URG STEM faculty and promote connection, collaboration, and community among URG faculty across the Aspire Alliance’s IChange Network institutions.

Who Can Join?

The collective is a supported networking and professional development community offering virtual gatherings (webinars) and a LinkedIn community space. The collective’s aim is to both enhance the professional success of URG STEM faculty and promote connection, collaboration, and community among URG faculty across the Aspire Alliance’s IChange Network institutions.

Membership is currently limited to BIPOC* & URG** STEM faculty at institutions that are members of the NSF INCLUDES Aspire IChange Network and participants and graduates of the IAspire Leadership Academy.

View the IThrive Collective LinkedIn page and request to join the IThrive Collective LinkedIn Group.

*Black, Indigenous, and People of Color

** Underrepresented Group within their respective STEM fields including women, members of racial and ethnic minority groups, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socioeconomic status

Upcoming Gatherings

Save the Dates coming soon!

Past Gatherings

Q&A with Professional Society Networks

(Concluded May 19)

Laurette Blakey Foster, Ed.D.

HBCU Faculty Development Network


Prairie View A&M University

Director, Center for Teaching Excellence

Professor of Mathematics

Olga Bolden-Tiller, Ph.D.

Minorities In Agriculture Natural Resources And Related Sciences


Tuskegee University


Professor of Animal Sciences


Head - Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences


Asst. Dean - College of Agriculture, Environment and Nutrition Sciences

Esther Gonzalez, MPA, MBA

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers

Programs Manager

Ann Kimble-Hill, Ph.D.

American Chemical Society


Indiana University School of Medicine

Assistant Research Professor of Biochemistry

IUPUI PREP Program Coordinator

Chad Womack, Ph.D.

Ernest E. Just Life Science Society


United Negro College Fund

Senior Director, National STEM Programs and Initiatives

Ask a Research Center Rep: Building Connections to Advance Research Success

(Concluded February 12)

Paul Gueye, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Nuclear Physics - Experimental

National Superconducting Cyclotron Laboratory (NSCL)

Facility for Rare Isotope Beams (FRIB) at Michigan State University

Ja’Wanda S. Grant, Ph.D.

Lead, University Engagement and Student Affairs

Office of Research Excellence

Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Ellen Morris, Ph.D.

Director, University Partnerships Program

National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Blair D. F. Singleton, M.S.

Electrical Engineer, Applied Physics Laboratory

John's Hopkins University

Ask A Program Officer: Building Connections to Advance Research Success

(Concluded November 23)

Christine Grant, Ph.D.

Program Director, Engineering Education and Centers Division, National Science Foundation

Desirée L. Salazar, Ph.D.

Program Director, Division of Training, Workforce Development, and Diversity, National Institute of General Medical Sciences

Dawn Tilbury, Ph.D.

Assistant Director, Directorate for Engineering, National Science Foundation

Kristine Willis, Ph.D.

Program Director, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

For questions about the IThrive Collective, please contact IThriveCollective@gmail.com. For registration questions, please contact Justine Joo (jjoo@aplu.org).