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How to design and run an effective and equitable online course.

This short course will walk instructors through the process of designing an online course that is effective, equitable and inclusive. It will focus on designing content and choosing pedagogy for both synchronous and asynchronous formats, and will engage participants through both types of sessions. The course will address the basics of online and inclusive pedagogy. Over the three weeks, participants will design their own online course materials. Synchronous sessions will be held from: 1:00-2:30 pm PT / 2:00-3:30 pm MT / 3:00-4:30 pm CT / 4:00-5:30 pm ET (United States time zones) on the following dates: Tuesday, July 21st, Thursday, July 23rd, (asynchronous) week of July 27th, Tuesday, August 4th, and Thursday, August 6th.


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Meet Aspire's new Evaluation co-lead and announcing the second cohort of IAspire Leadership Fellows.

Learn more about Aspire's summer activities and new resources in our June newsletter.

Posted on 6/25/20

Aspire's National Change Team, along with a planning and facilitation team, hosted 37 participants from 17 institutions in a 5-day virtual institute on developing inclusive practices.

Posted on 6/15/20

A new report from the Association of Public & Land-Grant Universities examines best practices for increasing the number of faculty from underrepresented groups in STEM fields.

The report examines university efforts supporting access to, retention in, and progress to the professoriate for STEM faculty aspirants from underrepresented groups. In addition to convening academic experts and institutional leaders, the association surveyed member institutions about their practices to promote diversity in these areas.

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Posted on 6/23/20

WEPAN and ASEE, partners of the Aspire Alliance, are inviting this community to submit abstracts to the 3rd Annual Conference of CoNECD: Collaborative Network for Engineering and Computing Diversity, which will be held from January 24-27, 2020 at the Crystal City Marriott in Arlington Virginia. CoNECD is a collaborative effort of the American Society for Engineering Education’s (ASEE) Minorities in Engineering Division (MIND), the ASEE Women in Engineering Division (WIED), the National Association of Multicultural Engineering Program Advocates (NAMEPA), and the Women in Engineering Pro-Active Network (WEPAN). The vision of the CoNECD Conference is to provide a forum for exploring current research and practices to enhance diversity and inclusion of all underrepresented groups in the engineering and computing professions. CoNECD aims to include both researchers seeking peer-reviewed conference papers as well as practitioners who wish to submit a presentation associated with a successful practice. The call for abstracts is due July 6!

You can learn more about the conference here.

Posted on 4/23/20

How is Aspire is responding to the COVID-19 crisis? Read how the alliance is continuing to support faculty DEI efforts in our April newsletter.

Posted on 2/6/2020

Exciting things are planned for Aspire in the new year. Read our most recent newsletter to learn more.

Posted on 11/22/19

Get to know the National Change co-leads.

Posted on 10/22/19

The National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Alliance, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, today announced the selection of 20 public research universities for its three-year institutional change effort to help the institutions develop inclusive faculty recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. The new cohort joins an inaugural set of 15 institutions that began working together to advance such work earlier this year.

Posted on 10/20/19

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. Therefore, this project is an attempt to address that need and train the future generations of faculty who can serve the needs of a diverse population of students and improve their own repertoire of skills as effective faculty for students from all backgrounds.

Posted on 8/19/19

Inaugural cohort of 20 faculty and administrators to gain leadership development preparing them for senior roles.

Posted on 6/10/19

The June newsletter is here! Click here to learn more about what is happening across our Alliance.


Posted on 5/28/2019

Want to learn more about Aspire's regional collaboratives? Take a moment to read through all the great things the California RC has been up to!


Posted on 5/14/2019

Applications are now open for the IChange Network. Institutions of higher education interested in participating in the IChange Network are asked to complete an application that provides Aspire with information about the institution's readiness to change in the areas of diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) including their awareness, commitment to DEI, resources, and their preparedness for network learning, as well as their connections to the goals and activities of Aspire. Calls for applications to the IChange Network are made on an annual basis, and the network will initially engage three annual cohorts of institutions. Applications are due August 1.

Posted on 5/13/2019

The Aspire Iowa Regional Collaborative Newsletter is here.

Posted on 5/6/2019

Applications are now open for the IAspire Leadership Academy, which provides leadership development for the next generation of underrepresented leaders in STEM higher ed. Deadline is June 3. This program offers fellowships to individuals from traditionally underrepresented groups currently in formal or non-formal leadership roles in STEM higher education at both 2 and 4 year institutions. IAspire Leadership Fellows will have opportunities to learn how to lead more effectively in increasingly complex environments and build confidence to influence institutional transformation either in their current position or as they rise to other positions of leadership. The program fees (valued at $9,000) for this inaugural cohort are covered by the NSF INCLUDES Grant.

Posted on 3/19/19

Check out our latest newsletter to learn more about what is happening across our Alliance.


Posted on 3/15/19

Announcing new hires across Aspire!

We are excited to welcome and announce a few new team members:

Shaquita Humphrey-Pressley, M. Ed.,California Regional Collaborative Program Coordinator.

Robin Parent, Ph.D., Aspire Program Manager.

Jessica Bennett, Ph.D., IChange Program Manager

Justine Joo, Aspire Program Associate

Jalaine Weller, MA, Texas Regional Collaborative Program Coordinator


Posted on 3/15/19

Check out the newsletter from Aspire's Southern California Regional Collaborative. It is packed with information that is especially relevant to graduate students and future faculty interested in working at 2-year institutions in California.

Posted on 2/28/19

Georgia State University is one of 15 universities selected to participate in a national three-year program to increase the diversity of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty through improved recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

The National Science Foundation-funded program, called “Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty,” promotes inclusive teaching practices and diversity. The program’s ultimate aim is to attract underrepresented students—women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds—into STEM programs, retain them and help them graduate and succeed in a modern workforce.

Posted on 2/26/19

The Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, an organization dedicated to advancing and strengthening public universities, has created a program to expand diversity within STEM academics, Aspire: National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty.

Travis York, assistant vice president of Academic and Student Affairs at APLU, said that the University has been chosen as one of 15 public research universities selected from 45 applicants to participate in this nationwide program.

Posted on 2/26/19

ATLANTA Georgia State University is one of 15 universities selected to participate in a national three-year program to increase the diversity of its science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) faculty through improved recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

The National Science Foundation-funded program, called “Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty,” promotes inclusive teaching practices and diversity. The program’s ultimate aim is to attract underrepresented students—women, members of minority racial and ethnic groups, people with disabilities and those from low socioeconomic backgrounds—into STEM programs, retain them and help them graduate and succeed in a modern workforce.

Posted on 2/25/19

As part of its ongoing commitment to improving STEM education — science, technology engineering and mathematics — the UO is joining a national effort that aims to boost the diversity of faculty and students.

The three-year initiative funded by the National Science Foundation will help 15 public research universities reform their recruitment, hiring and retention practices and commit to more inclusive teaching, advising and research mentoring practices.

Posted on 2/24/19

Florida State University has been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Alliance, a three-year effort to improve inclusive recruitment, hiring and retention methods among science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) faculty.

Posted on 2/21/19

UTSA was selected as one of 15 public research universities to participate in the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Alliance, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive and Diverse STEM Faculty, its inaugural three-year institutional change effort to help those schools reform their recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

Posted on 2/16/19

According to the website for Benetech, a nonprofit tech company, the U.S. Department of Labor estimates 1.1 million computing-related job openings in the U.S. by 2024. But more than two-thirds of those jobs could go unfilled due to an insufficient pool of candidates.

Three groups that are significantly underrepresented are women, minorities, and people with disabilities.

In an effort to change that, Florida State University was recently selected as one of 15 public research universities chosen to participate in the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Alliance. It is an inaugural three-year institutional effort to improve recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

Posted on 2/15/19

Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, today announced that Cleveland State University was selected as one of 15 public research universities for its inaugural three-year institutional change effort to help those school’s reform their recruitment, hiring, and retention practices. The Alliance is funded by the National Science Foundation and managed by the Association of Public Land-grant Universities.

Posted on 2/14/19

UCF is part of a new national cohort to increase the diversity of science, technology, engineering and math faculty through recruitment and retention.

Posted on 2/14/19

BOZEMAN — Montana State University has been chosen to participate in a new national initiative designed to recruit and retain a more inclusive, diverse faculty in science, technology, engineering and math fields.

Posted on 2/13/19

Florida State University is one of 15 public research universities selected to participate in the National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Alliance inaugural three-year institutional change effort to improve recruitment, hiring and retention practices.

Posted on 2/13/19

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is one of 15 public research universities selected for an inaugural three-year institutional program to enhance its faculty recruitment, hiring and retention practices. The National Science Foundation-funded Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty promotes inclusive teaching practices and diversity.

Posted on 2/13/19

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Boston University, the University of California, Davis and the University of Massachusetts Lowell are being recognized by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) for their commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in STEM and furthering positive change in their institution's relevant policies and practice.

Posted on 2/12/19

Washington, DC – The National Science Foundation-funded INCLUDES Alliance, Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, today announced the selection of 15 public research universities for its inaugural three-year institutional change effort to help those schools reform their recruitment, hiring, and retention practices.

Posted on 2/12/19

The University of Houston has been selected for a national effort to increase diversity among faculty in STEM disciplines.

Aspire will build upon efforts already underway at UH, many of them spearheaded by the Center for ADVANCING UHFaculty Success, which was created in 2015 to increase the number of female faculty members in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, as well as to ensure they are able to move into leadership roles.

Posted on 2/12/19

Irvine, Calif., Feb. 12, 2019 — The University of California, Irvine has been selected as one of 15 public research universities to take part in a three-year, National Science Foundation-funded campaign to boost the diversity of faculty in science, technology, engineering and math disciplines.