AAC&U 2022 TIDES Institute

Teaching to Increase Diversity and Equity in STEM (TIDES)

June 19, 2022 to June 23, 2022
Lansdowne Resort
44050 Woodridge Parkway
Leesburg, VA 20176

Covid Update

The 2022 TIDES Institute is currently being planned as in-person event at the Lansdowne Resort in Leesburg, Virginia. We continue to vigilantly monitor the matrix of COVID-19 and related shifts in national and local mandates to determine if a change in meeting format warrants a pivot to a virtual platform. Whether in-person or virtual, the 2022 TIDES Institute will proceed on the dates indicated here. Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required for all in-person attendees.





The uncertainties in STEM higher education that have been brought about by COVID-19 and recent rises in racial tensions in STEM have made urgent our need to pursue institutional change strategies that prioritize the academic and psychosocial needs of students and faculty of color. Their success is tied to our nation’s capacity to remain globally competitive. And it is dependent upon our capacity to change how we think about ourselves as scientists, how and where we place and find value in diversity, and how we make the moment-by-moment decisions that determine the ways in which we interact with students and colleagues.

Grounded in this reality, the TIDES Institute aims to guide individual and teams of STEM faculty and administrators in pursuing the kind of deep reflection and introspection of self, department, and institution that is required for designing, implementing, and evaluating culturally responsive teaching, pedagogical, and institutional change strategies in undergraduate STEM education.

About the Institute Curriculum

The AAC&U TIDES Institute, derived from our evidence-based professional development model, offers a unique opportunity for individual and teams of STEM faculty and administrators to build capacity and self-efficacy in understanding the root causes of minority group underrepresentation in STEM on their campuses; and their unique role in addressing them. Through uniquely designed presentations and experiential activities, as well as expert-guided discussions with institution transformation coaches, this Institute overcomes the limitations of the one-size-fits-all approach to improving undergraduate STEM teaching. It promotes both accountability to self and others as a unifying theme and connects participants to a national networked improvement community for culturally responsive teaching in STEM that can be leveraged for widespread change.

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

  • 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;
  • 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
  • preparation in the application of mindfulness as a unifying reference point and practice for implementing meaningful, culturally responsive strategies.

Who Should Attend

Readiness is critical to maximizing the Institute experience and contributing to addressing the underrepresentation of minoritized groups in STEM. The AAC&U TIDES Institute is designed for both STEM faculty and administrators who have reached an advanced state of readiness for building their capacity for integrating cultural responsiveness into their teaching, pedagogical, and institutional/departmental change strategies. 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” for them include

  • faculty from STEM and non-STEM disciplines;
  • senior and mid-level administrators who have either mandated or been charged with implementing diversity initiatives on their campuses;
  • funded principal investigators who lead campus- or department-wide projects;
  • prior AAC&U and PKAL Institute participants looking to deepen and expand their leadership skill sets and make greater contributions to undergraduate STEM reform.


Early-bird registration is $3400 per person and ends on January 18, 2022. General registration is $3575 and ends on March 1, 2022. Early registration is recommended as space often fills before the deadline. 

Per Person Institute Rates

Register by January 18

Register by March 1




Registration includes:

  • Institute tuition and curriculum materials
  • Extended access to an institution coach
  • Four nights of single room accommodations at Lansdowne Resort 
  • Most meals (two dinners on your own)


Register online. Registration is limit; first-come, first-served.

Please send questions to pkal@aacu.org.