The BUILD Campus Forums Initiative, supported with funds from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, will build capacity and commitment towards fostering a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive Boise State University. This two-year initiative expands on the BUILD certificate program began in 2017 (Boise State Uniting for Inclusion and Leadership in Diversity), and will offer programs to support participants to consider their own thinking and perspectives on diversity and inclusion and catalyze individual and collective movement toward Boise State’s commitment to diversity and inclusion. The grant has challenged us to focus on issues of race, in addition to those related to other marginalized identities.
PERSIST is a Boise State project in the National Science Foundation WIDER program, which stands for Widening Implementation and Dissemination of Evidence-based Reforms. WIDER aims to substantially scale up evidence-based instructional practices (EBIPs). WIDER’s ultimate goals are improved student learning and retention, and increased number and graduation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) majors, including under-represented students. Boise State PERSIST extends WIDER’s goal across the university.