National Change Resources
Faculty who have advising responsibilities play a critical role in a student's progression through their undergraduate education. This is especially important for students from underrepresented minorities (URMs) such as first generation students or students from low socio-economic backgrounds LSEBs). While academic advising in higher education has been professionalized and its importance in student success has been recognized, faculty advising has not experienced the advancement in scholarship, theory and practice that is needed. Aspire's A Guide to Academic Advising for STEM Faculty provides an overview of advising, core competencies to address the academic needs of students, and tools to help faculty be effective advisors for a diverse population of students. The tools and resources include an advising checklist for new faculty, faculty advising framework, exercises to help identify social identity, and more.
STEM professional societies serve a central role in defining and reinforcing national STEM professional cultures. Within these societies, there are 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. These “boundary spanners” engage in finding, translating, diffusing, gaining support, and social “weaving” behaviors to advance DEI in these societies. DEI boundary spanners who oversee the engagement of multiple societies (i.e., multi-society DEI boundary spanners) may be especially important and underutilized agents of 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. If successful, this would accelerate DEI culture-change in STEM professional societies, and ultimately result in more diverse, equitable, and inclusive national STEM professional cultures.