National Change Initiative

The NSF INCLUDES Aspire Alliance National Change Team focuses on creating and disseminating professional development resources for future and current faculty in 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 professional contexts.

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.

Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) professional societies (ProSs) serve broad memberships, define disciplinary norms and culture, and inform accrediting bodies and thus provide critical levers for systems change. Inclusive STEM system reform requires that underlying “mental models” be examined. The Inclusive Professional Framework for Societies (IPF: Societies) is an interrelated set of strategies that can help ProSs change leaders (i.e., “boundary spanners”) and organizations identify and address mental models hindering DEI reform. The IPF: Societies uses four “I's”—Identity awareness and Intercultural mindfulness (i.e., equity mindset) upon which inclusive relationships and Influential DEI actions are scaffolded. This article discusses how the IPF: Societies complements existing DEI tools and how it can be applied to existing ProS policy and practice associated with common ProS functions (e.g., leadership, membership, conferences, awards, and professional development). Ultimately, the IPF: Societies has potential to promote more efficient, effective, and lasting DEI organizational transformation and contribute to inclusive STEM disciplinary excellence.

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If you have specific questions about Aspire National Change activities, please contact Shannon Patton (shannon.patton@wisc.edu).