Institutional Change Initiative


Aspire’s Institutional Change (IChange) Initiative broadens participation in STEM by facilitating culture and practice change in the academic workplace to create environments where underrepresented group (URG) faculty are valued, retained, and thrive, increasing the diversity of the academic workforce.

We achieve this by centering URG voices and building the equity-minded capacity and competency of current and future university leaders towards cultivating more inclusive and diverse faculty and institutions.

Interested in collaborating with IChange?

The IChange Network is comprised of annual cohorts of institutions committed to advancing Aspire's three strategic goals.

In particular, IChange Network members engage in a three-year systematic change initiative to cultivate a more inclusive and diverse campus culture; develop inclusive practices for all STEM faculty; and, to implement effective recruitment, hiring and retention practices to diversify STEM faculty.

The IThrive Collective aims to establish a nurturing environment for BIPOC and other URG STEM faculty across the country. Members support each others’ growth, leadership, and scholarship. By sharing resources, information, and networks allows each scholar to thrive.

The IAspire Leadership Academy elevates the preparedness of academic leaders from underrepresented groups so they can aspire to and succeed in more senior leadership roles.

Fellows gain critical leadership skills across numerous competencies. They also learn how to lead more effectively in complex environments and build confidence to influence institutional transformation.