FIRST • Fostering Inclusivity and Respect in Science Together
Scientists in the United States do not reflect our country’s demographic diversity, which means critically important talent necessary to solve difficult challenges is absent. The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) launched the Inclusive Excellence initiative as part of its ongoing work to promote leadership in improving science education. Inclusive Excellence grants catalyze institutional ability to build capacity to engage all undergraduates students in the sciences, particularly students from diverse backgrounds. This initiative requires participating colleges and universities to identify opportunities, change their cultures, and reflect in ways that will reduce barriers and enhance student success in the sciences.
1. Transform faculty understandings of critical factors that foster STEM success for all students regardless of background and implementing inclusive pedagogies throughout STEM, including digital pedagogies.
2. Reduce institutional barriers to STEM success by concretely addressing specific campus policies, practices, and structures that exhibit racist beliefs and/or limit inclusivity and learning.