IDEA Teams

The first pillar of the Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experience All Year Round (CISTEME365) project is to equip Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access (IDEA) Teams from each participating school with strategies and resources to promote their students’ interest in, pathway towards, and technical ability to pursue a career in STEM.

Each school IDEA Team is made up of at least 1 counselor or academic advisor, at least 1 teacher, and one collaborating partner with an interest in improving school support systems for encouraging diverse youth to pursue STEM majors. Participating IDEA Team members receive professional development training and resources through a summer institute and ongoing Network Improvement Community (NIC) web sessions.

2022 IDEA TEAM Symposium
Catalyzing Inclusive STEM Experiences Action Research for Equity

Wednesday, May 4, 2022 (3:00 – 5:00pm) via Zoom

You are invited to join this online symposium showcasing the work to the 2021-2022 cohort of IDEA Teams. Learn about their efforts and lessons learned as they took strategic action to create more equitable and inclusive STEM environments in their local contexts. This year’s cohort includes a diverse mix of schools spanning age ranges from middle school through community college, as well as representing a variety of geographic locations and population densities in Illinois. Register below to receive the Zoom login information.

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2021-2022 IDEA Teams Community Portal (login required)

Interested in becoming a CISTEME365 school?

Visit How to Apply for more details.


Dr. Goddard teaching teachers in a classroom at the Summer 2019 Institute.
Summer 2019 Professional Development Institute