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.

The NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Aspire Alliance (Aspire) is hosting a number of 3-hour online workshops this Spring and Summer 2023 centered on learning to promote equity and inclusion in your role through the Inclusive Professional Framework for Faculty (IPF: Faculty). The framework focuses on three key domains: identity, intercultural awareness, and relational and communication skills. There are two opportunities to attend - an introductory workshop (in Apr/May) and a more targeted focus on intercultural dynamics and relationship building workshop (Jun/Jul/Aug). The target audience for these workshops are current STEM faculty, graduate students or postdocs considering an academic career. Learn more about these sessions and register now! 

Introduction to an Inclusive Professional Framework (IPF)

Thursday, April 27 at 1-4 ET / 12-3 CT / 11-2 MT / 10-1 PT
Monday, May 22 at 12-3 ET / 11-2 CT / 10-1 MT / 9-12 PT

A Closer Look at Intercultural Dynamics and Relationship Building within the IPF

Thursday, June 22 at 12-3 ET / 11-2 CT / 10-1 MT / 9-12 PT
Monday, July 31 at 12-3 ET / 11-2 CT / 10-1 MT / 9-12 PT
Thursday, August 10 at 1-4 ET / 12-3 CT / 11-2 MT / 10-1 PT

Registration will remain open until the week prior to the event, or until we reach our cap of 25 participants, whichever comes first. We will accept individuals on a rolling basis and waitlist further interest. Please reach out to Evangeline Su ( with any questions. 

June 12-16, 2023 (Online)

The virtual Aspire Summer Institute (ASI)  will provide STEM campus leadership and faculty developers (at Centers for Teaching & Learning, STEM Education Centers, Professional or Disciplinary Societies, grant-funded initiatives, or similar entities) 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 of participants will be supported in growing their capacity for this work, through gaining skills as change agents and applying and adapting their learning to enhance existing DEI initiatives. This no-cost virtual institute is sponsored by the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Aspire Alliance.

The Aspire Summer Institute will take place from Monday, June 12th, 2023 to Friday, June 16th, 2023. We will be accepting applications from Aspire IChange institutions and other institutions involved in higher education equity initiatives, as these teams will be well situated to consider how to incorporate locally what they learn at the institute. 

Applications are due by Friday, April 21st and teams will be notified by the week of May 1st of their acceptance. See the 2023 ASI website for more details on the daily agenda, facilitators, and more and apply now!

Visit our Get Involved webpage if you are interested in Aspire Alliance and National Change news, updates, or partnership opportunities. 

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