AAC&U 2020 TIDES Institute

Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES)

June 8, 2020 to June 12, 2020
Lansdowne Resort and Conference Center
44050 Woodbridge Pkwy
Leesburg, VA 20176


Registration is $3400 per person. Space is limited. Please register early.

Registration includes:

  • Institute tuition and curriculum materials
  • Extended access to an institution coach
  • 4 nights single-occupancy hotel accommodations
  • Meals during the institute
  • Complimentary membership in the National TIDES Coalition


Registration Deadline

The deadline to register is January 4, 2020.



The changing demographic landscape of higher education indicates that more students of color will enroll in college in the next decades than ever before. Increasingly, they are indicating a desire to pursue undergraduate degrees in the STEM disciplines. Their success – which is directly tied to our nation’s capacity to remain globally competitive – depends on STEM faculty not only understanding theory and practice; but, most importantly, the root source of cultural responsiveness.


About the Institute Curriculum

The AAC&U TIDES Institute, derived from our evidence-based model of professional development, offers a unique opportunity for STEM faculty to build capacity and self-efficacy in exploring the root sources, codes, and causes of minority group underrepresentation in STEM. Through uniquely designed presentations and experiential activities, this Institute overcomes the limitations of the one-size-fits-all approach to undergraduate STEM teaching, promotes accountability to self and others as a unifying theme, and creates a networked improvement community that can be leveraged for widespread change.


During the four days of the AAC&U TIDES Institute, participants can expect the following:

  1. An expert-guided intensive review of the literature that interrogates the culture of STEM and the assumptions that are held about who belongs in STEM;
  2. Deep immersion into self-reflection on and introspection of the ways in which we, as STEM faculty of all backgrounds and social identities, have been complicit in dominant STEM cultures that often exclude diverse STEM talent; and
  3. Preparation in the application of mindfulness as a unifying reference point and practice for implementing meaningful, culturally responsive pedagogical strategies.


Who Should Attend

The AAC&U TIDES Institute is designed for STEM faculty and administrators who have reached or are nearing a tipping point in building their capacity for cultural responsiveness. The state of readiness to take on this work is critical to maximizing the Institute experience and contributing to addressing the underrepresentation of minoritized groups in STEM. Participants should come prepared to do the deep, internal work that has been repeatedly shown to be essential to achieving cultural responsiveness.


Past participants who have indicated the AAC&U TIDES Institute was “transformative” include:

  • Faculty from all STEM and non-STEM disciplines
  • Senior and mid-level administrators who have either mandated or been charged with diversity initiatives
  • Funded Principal Investigators leading campus- or department-wide projects
  • Prior AAC&U and PKAL Institute participants looking to deepen their learning and make greater contributions to undergraduate STEM reform


Please send questions to pkal@aacu.org.