2023 Aspire Summer Institute Team Application
2023 Aspire Summer Institute
June 12-16, 2023 (Online)
Registration costs fully covered

The virtual Aspire Summer Institute (ASI) will provide STEM campus leadership and faculty developers (e.g., Centers for Teaching & Learning, STEM Education Centers) as well as leadership from NSF-funded initiatives (e.g., AGEP, INCLUDES, IUSE) with the opportunity to retreat, reflect and act to better support their diversity, equity and inclusion efforts through the development of key skills applicable across institutional and organizational roles. 

Teams of participants will be supported in growing their capacity for this work through gaining skills as change agents and applying and adapting their learning to enhance existing campus-level and organizational DEI initiatives. Participants will complete the institute with action plans that operationalize learning in both individual roles and at an organizational level and access to a collection of resources contributed by institute facilitators and participants. Please see the the Aspire Summer Institute website at http://bit.ly/2023ASI for more information and updates, including speakers, agenda and institute goals.
The ASI will take place from Monday, June 12th, 2023 to Friday, June 16th, 2023. Throughout the virtual institute, participants will enjoy a mix of personal reflection, expert presentations, group discussion, activities, and practice. Each day will include online sessions from roughly 11:30-5:30 PM ET / 10:30 AM-4:30 PM CT / 9:30 AM-3:30 PM MT / 8:30 AM-2:30 PM PT, with breaks between activities.

The ASI has the capacity to host up to 40 participants. Applications that include team members with diverse identities and institutional/organizational positionalities, that demonstrate connections to a higher education equity initiative, and that detail personal as well as institutional/organizational goals for attending the ASI will be prioritized. Ideally teams will be comprised of between 3-6 individuals. If you have the beginning of a team (at least 2) but are still finalizing the last couple of members as the deadline approaches, we still encourage you to submit an application. Once accepted, participants will be expected to meet with their teams at least once before June 12th to identify the particular problem and associated evidence they would like to bring to their ASI action planning. There will be no cost associated with the ASI for participants as the NSF Eddie Bernice Johnson INCLUDES Aspire Alliance is fully supporting the cost of the institute.

Please submit a team application for the Aspire Summer Institute (ASI) by Wednesday, May 10th, 2023. We will notify teams by the week of May 15th, 2023 if they have been accepted to participate in the ASI. 

Please contact Nancy Ruggeri (nruggeri@wisc.edu) and Shannon Patton (shannon.patton@wisc.edu) with any questions.
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Email Address (Primary Contact for Application): *
Institution/Organization (e.g., NSF-funded project): *
List of names, email addresses, and roles (e.g., Faculty, Faculty Developer, Instructional Staff, Administrator, PI, co-PI, Other) of proposed team: *
From whom did you hear about this opportunity? *
We ask each team to identify a challenge area that they plan to address as a group to help teams focus learning from the ASI onto a specific change problem. Please describe how you anticipate integrating what your participants learn at the Aspire Summer Institute in your work. (Note: the next two questions will be looked at most closely in our selection process.)
What are your team's preliminary ideas for action planning (what change problem do you plan to address)? *
How can attending the ASI build your institutional or organizational capacity to affect change (feel free to include individual and/or team goals)? *
Which of the following institutional/organizational DEI assets are you planning to leverage? *
For institutional teams, what connections (e.g., Aspire IChange teams, CTLs, STEM Ed Centers, or other entities or initiatives) do you hope to make or build upon to improve institutional diversity, equity and inclusion programs on your campus? How do you anticipate this connection will be used at your institution?

For teams from NSF-funded projects, what connections (e.g., institutions, NSF-funded projects, or other entities or initiatives) do you hope to make or build upon to improve your project's diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives? How do you anticipate this connection will be used by your project?
Following the ASI, how will you continue to work together as a team to support one another in individual and institutional/organizational work? *
Please share any specific accessibility needs participants from your team may have so that we can work together with you to make the necessary accommodations (or email Shannon Patton at shannon.patton@wisc.edu).
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