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Howard Hughes Medical Institute selects Boise State to help improve STEM learning environments

Scott Phillips
Student in Macromolecular Sciences Lab in the Micron School of Materials Science and Engineering, photo by Priscilla Grover

The Howard Hughes Medical Institute selected Boise State as one of over 100 universities to join a national initiative called the Inclusive Excellence 3 Learning Community. The institute aims to support institutions to work individually and collaboratively to build capacity for student belonging and success, especially for those who have been historically underrepresented in STEM.

Boise State is part of a 15-institution “cluster” that will propose projects that evaluate the effectiveness and inclusiveness of teaching. The findings from each project will then be used to inform faculty teaching and evaluation.

A coalition of faculty, staff and administrators drawn from across the university have been engaging with the cluster and exploring ideas for local projects. Opportunities for faculty and departments to engage in the work will emerge over the next few months.

The Boise State planning partners include the following:

  • Devshikha Bose, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Cynthia Campbell, Department of Psychological Science
  • Henry Charlier, Department of Chemistry
  • Alicia Garza, Department of World Languages
  • Diana Garza, College of Engineering
  • Jeremy Harper, BUILD Program
  • Brittnee Earl, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Adriana Facundo, New Student Programs
  • Esther Enright, Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies
  • Donna Llewellyn, Institute for Inclusive and Transformative Scholarship
  • Dan Sanford, Center for Teaching and Learning
  • Susan Shadle, Provost’s Office
  • Tasha Souza, BUILD Program

Shadle serves as the program director for the project. Please contact her at if you have any questions.