The Hawai‘i Broader Impacts Network (BIN) provides opportunities for University of Hawaii researchers to efficiently and effectively contribute to K-14 education, enhance informal STEM programs such as museums and libraries, and improve citizen science learning in Hawaii. The Network will provide ready made Broader Impact templates, budgets and letters of support and committment for researchers applying for grants to NSF, NASA, NOAA, NIST, NIH and many other federal grant programs. By coordinating, simplifing and strengthening the broader impact sections of research proposals, and if funded, supporting education and outreach activities, UH can better support the STEM community in Hawaii while increasing diversity, inclusion and participation by underrepresented groups such as Native Hawaiians.
The University of Hawai‘i has embarked on an ambitious journey to design, develop, introduce and navigate comprehensive, articulated and purposeful academic pathways to promote STEM student success in Hawaii. The STEM pathways will incorporate specifically designed student learning outcomes at all critical junctures of the students’ progress in the pathway. The pathways are designed for stop-out/move-in, where students who are facing external unanticipated challenges can leave the pathway with an academic credential and an established set of skills attractive to industry and then rejoin the pathway at a later time to continue progress along the path. In the early part of the journey students can easily cross from one pathway to another to find the optimal fit. However, as student matures academically the pathway narrows to an endpoint in the workforce or in graduate education.
The Office STEM Education seek to capitalize on the diverse attributes of the Hawai‘i today to build an inclusive UH for tomorrow. Diversity describes an environment where the talents and differences of all employees are respected and valued for professional and mission success. Inclusion is a process that cultivates a work environment that connects each employee to the organization; encourages collaboration, flexibility, and fairness; and leverages diversity throughout the organization so that all individuals are enabled to participate and contribute to their full potential.