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SRI International to Lead the Coordination Hub for the National Science Foundation’s National Network to Enhance U.S. STEM Leadership
MENLO PARK, Calif.—October 3, 2018 – SRI International has been awarded a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) NSF INCLUDES program, a national initiative focused on broadening participation in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in the U.S. The program seeks to effectively develop talent nationally – particularly among those in underserved populations – with the goal of enhancing U.S. leadership in STEM.
SRI Education, a division of SRI International, will lead the multi-institution NSF INCLUDES Coordination Hub to build and support a national network of people working to improve equity in STEM. The NSF INCLUDES Hub will provide leadership development and other technical assistance, share learning across the network, and develop common measures to help understand the collective impacts of network members’ efforts.
“Our team is proud to lead this new network focused on expanding access to STEM education and workforce participation,” said Timothy Podkul, Ph.D., principal education researcher at SRI and director of the Hub. “The Hub’s work – to build connectivity, alignment, and capacity throughout the broadening participation community – will help address the complex problem of inequity by coordinating new partners from the education, scientific research, government, and industry communities who all have much to benefit from this initiative.”
“The coordination hub will be critical for helping NSF INCLUDES fulfill its promise of establishing a national network to broaden participation in STEM,” said Sylvia James, NSF deputy assistant director for Education and Human Resources. “Much of the work we’ve put into NSF INCLUDES has led up to the issuance of this award, for a project that will provide cohesion across alliances and help new partners integrate into this important ecosystem. We look forward to working with SRI International on this next phase of NSF INCLUDES.”
SRI’s partners in the NSF INCLUDES Hub are: Education Development Center (EDC), Westat Inc., Quality Education for Minorities (QEM) Network, Equal Measure, the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology, and Digital Promise Global. ORS Impact will serve as the Hub’s external evaluator.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. HRD-1818635. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.