The NSF INCLUDES Alliance: IGEN (Inclusive Graduate Education Network) is a partnership of societies, institutions, organizations, corporations, and national laboratories poised to lead a paradigm shift in increasing the participation of Black, Latinx, and Indiginous students who enter graduate or doctoral level programs in the physical sciences. Its charge is to match the advanced degree participation rates to those of undergraduate student percentages and eliminate this disparity while increasing diversity in the reserve of future scientists.
Our VISION is to achieve equity in graduate education. IGEN members have set the following common goals in order to attain this vision:
- Increase the fraction of students from underrepresented groups who complete doctoral degrees in the physical sciences to match the levels of undergraduate degrees awarded.
- Catalyze the adoption of evidence-based inclusive practices, especially in graduate education, that reduce inequities in doctoral completion for underrepresented groups and benefit all students.
- Conduct research and propagate results that distill scalable, effective practices in inclusive graduate education and institutional change within the physical sciences.
- Establish sustained, cross-sector partnerships within and among critical stakeholders that support the advancement of underrepresented students from undergraduate through professional employment.