Innovation and leadership in STEM require a diverse, globally engaged, well-trained workforce. Yet women, people of color, and people with disabilities are still underrepresented in STEM careers. There is widespread agreement on the urgent need to advance the inclusion of underrepresented groups in STEM fields to develop an informed citizenry and meet current and future challenges.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) INCLUDES initiative is working to enhance our country’s leadership in STEM innovation by creating a STEM workforce that reflects the population of the United States. As a partner in the NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub, EDC is building and maintaining a strong national network of people, organizations, and agencies committed to a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable STEM education ecosystem.
With its partners SRI, Westat, QEM, Equal Measure, and ORS Impact, EDC is collaborating to carry out the following activities:
- Maintain the NSF INCLUDES National Network website and online community
- Facilitate connections among Network members through online dialogues, affinity groups, and virtual and in-person events
- Build a knowledge base of research-informed resources focused on collaboration, broadening participation, and STEM education
- Share learnings and insights by featuring the work of Network members in blogs, social media, published briefs, presentations, and online events
- Build the capacity of Network members to foster and sustain effective collaborations and promote the use of culturally responsive practices
- The INCLUDES National Network is 1,400 members strong and includes scientists; engineers; and formal and informal STEM educators, evaluators, researchers, and thought leaders from federal agencies, universities, and nonprofit organizations.
SRI, Westat, Equal Measure, QEM, ORS Impact