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Priority Areas


The NCID pursues its vision and mission through several priority areas. Grounded in research and scholarship, each priority area guides specific initiatives. We encourage you to explore these priorities and initiatives, as well as explore the several ways you can become involved in them.


Equity, Access, and Success in STEM

This priority area seeks to identify best practices and challenges related to producing more equitable and inclusive routes to access STEM education and professions. This includes positively impacting the trajectory of individuals from underrepresented groups in K-12 and pre-college programs, undergraduate and graduate campus experiences, and professional settings.

Diversifying Academia

Our efforts in this area are focused on supporting faculty and scholars who are committed to issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion in higher education. Initiatives focus on highlighting the work of diversity scholars, promoting the value of diversity work in academe, and building mechanisms to acknowledge the importance of creating diverse, equitable, and inclusive campuses.

Transforming Campus Climate

Drawing upon extensive scholarly literature, the emphasis of this priority area is to empower and equip leaders to have stronger commitments and adopt interventions that will positively transform campus climates.

Leadership and Capacity Building

During these socially and politically turbulent times nationally and globally, it is essential that higher education better understands how to cultivate a new generation of social justice oriented leaders. This priority area will explore and apply new models of leadership development that directly centers social justice as the outcome, and can be used by practitioners to shape leadership curriculum and programming on college campuses and other venues.

History, Culture, and Representation

Every community, every institution, and every society has a story to tell. Often, narratives are interpreted differently based on the group or individual. This priority area aims to recover and center the histories, cultures, and voices of marginalized communities, which are often invisible in dominant narratives. It's about creating a more complete - adding to or correcting - narrative and have a broader and fuller (more accurate, yet complex) cultural representation in society. In addition, this includes engaging in multiple methodology and modes of inquiry within the arts and humanities.