The University of Missouri is joining 19 other universities to develop strategies for increasing diversity among its faculty teaching and researching in science, technology, engineering and math, according to a news release.

The project, known as Aspire: The National Alliance for Inclusive & Diverse STEM Faculty, is a program led by the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities, financed by a grant from the National Science Foundation.

The program seeks to improve inclusive teaching practices along with increasing faculty diversity. Participating universities will conduct an assessment of current practices and develop campus action plans.

NaTashua Davis, interim MU vice chancellor of inclusion, diversity & equity, along with Inya Baiye, assistant vice chancellor of inclusive excellence and strategic initiatives, and will work with the Office of the Provost to advance the initiative at MU.