NIST's Inaugural “Learning Sanctuary” Institute

The Inner Landscape of Inclusive Excellence

and Equity in Teaching & Learning (INFINITE):

STEM Education for Healing and Transformation

How can we cultivate within our courses radically inclusive learning sanctuaries where we can begin, with our students, to co-create equitable and sustainable conditions for healing, learning, liberation and transformation?


We are living in a time of intersecting crises, from climate disaster and imminence of war to poverty and continued racial injustice; from mental health challenges and health disparity to a rise in fascism and an ongoing pandemic – all of which necessarily impact how our students show up, engage, and learn.


We invite you to join the inaugural NIST INFINITE where we draw on the work of Paulo Freire, bell hooks, Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela, Laura Rendon and others to engage in both contemplative and critical practices and discuss topics related to inclusion, equity, and justice within STEM.


Our interactive five-session institute will be facilitated by Dr. Mays Imad and will include both theory and practice to help us reimagine and begin to transform our teaching and student learning.


For more details, see below:


Session 1     6 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time   Tuesday, February 7, 2023

Session 2     6 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time   Tuesday, February 14, 2023

Session 3     6 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time   Tuesday, February 21, 2023

Session 4     6 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time   Tuesday, February 28, 2023

Session 5     6 – 7:30 PM Eastern Time   Tuesday, March 7, 2023


To apply, please fill out the following google application form. For our inaugural institute, we will limit the number of participants to 8 and we will accept participants on a first-come first-served basis. We will offer a second iteration of the institute in April and May, 2023.