About the Event
The National Science Foundation's (NSF) INCLUDES (Inclusion across the Nation of Communities of Learners of Underrepresented Discoverers in Engineering and Science) initiative, enhances U.S. leadership in STEM disciplines by proactively seeking and effectively developing STEM talent from all sectors and groups in our society.
"Diversity - of thought, perspective, and experience - is essential for excellence in research and innovation in science and engineering. Full participation of all of America's STEM talent is critical to the advancement of science and engineering for national security, health, and prosperity. African Americans, Hispanics, Native Americans, women, persons with disabilities, and persons with low socio-economic status are underrepresented in various fields of science and engineering across all levels - from K-12 to long-term workforce participation. Inclusion of talent from all these sectors of American society is necessary for the health and vitality of the science and engineering community." (from NSF INCLUDES Program Solicitation 17-522)
This year, projects funded by NSF INCLUDES initiative share short videos describing their work and how they expect it will impact the diversity of the STEM community. They will describe the immediate impacts their projects will have on project participants, the broader impacts they envision, and how these will be achieved.
We invite all those invested in broadening participation in STEM, across all sectors of society, to view and discuss these videos with the presenters during the week-long virtual event, March 20 - 27, 2017. The dialogue will contribute to a rich view of promising strategies and best practices for increasing diversity and will inform a vision of the collective impact that these INCLUDES projects may achieve.
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