National Change Initiative

The NSF Aspire Alliance National Change Team focuses on creating and disseminating professional development for future and current faculty about inclusive teaching, research mentoring and faculty advising. In order to align and reinforce professional development practices simultaneously at Institutional, Regional and National levels, the National Change Team is partnering with institutions, disciplinary research societies and professional organizations. The Team is developing face-to-face and synchronous online workshops and trainings, as well as a Train-the-Trainer approach of dissemination.

Framework identifying three core domains - Identity, Intercultural, and Relational - which underlie inclusive practices in higher education.

Current and past professional development opportunities including webinars, workshops, short courses, and institutes.

Guides, toolkits, and publications supporting continued engagement in knowledge, attitudes, and skills associated with inclusive practices.

National Change Spotlight

In this video, National Change co-leads Robin Greenler and Don Gillian-Daniel provide a brief introduction to the Inclusive Professional Framework (IPF) and discuss upcoming programming. Learn more on our IPF webpage.

The virtual Aspire Summer Institute (ASI) will provide STEM faculty and faculty developer participants and their institutional teams with the opportunity to retreat, reflect and act to better support campus diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through the development of key skills applicable across faculty roles. Teams will be supported in growing their institutional capacity for this work, through mapping connections to existing diversity and inclusion programs at their institution and gaining skills as change agents. Teams are invited to continue to engage with one another through a virtual Community of Practice following the ASI. This no-cost virtual institute is sponsored by the NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance.

The Aspire Summer Institute will take place from Monday, June 7th, 2021 to Friday, June 11th, 2021. We are accepting applications from invited institutions and new teams from the Aspire IChange institutions that had participants attend last year’s Aspire Summer Institute. Details about ASI activities, the daily agenda, facilitators, and eligible Aspire IChange institutions are available on the Aspire Summer Institute website.

This report takes a look at "boundary spanners", key individuals focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) who play a crucial part in connecting ideas, resources, and stakeholders within and between professional societies to influence and enact change. The NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance postulates that synchronizing DEI training and the efforts of these boundary spanners could facilitate multi-society awareness and adoption of evidence-based DEI policies and practices within and between these societies.

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If you have specific questions about Aspire National Change activities, please contact Shannon Patton (