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This paper reports on a workshop conducted at the NSF's 2023 Eddie Bernice Johnson, INCLUDES National Network Convening: Sustaining Equity-Driven Systems Change, held in Washington, DC, from August 2-4, 2023. Titled "Enhancing Inclusivity through Expertise Sharing: A Reflective Group Activity on Effective Policy Development," the workshop employed Trans-Disciplinary Communication (TDC) as a methodological framework. Participants represented a cross-section of academia, nonprofits, federal agencies, and the general public, focusing on STEM Education, diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI), and traditionally underrepresented groups (TUG). The paper delineates the protocol for eliciting robust participation and facilitating knowledge sharing. Subsequently, it scrutinizes the outcomes of these interactive discussions, culminating in an analysis of the broader implications of the activity. A significant finding emphasizes the pressing need for greater dissemination and divulgation by successful programs. A pivotal question underpinning this study is: How can Trans-Disciplinary Communication (TDC) be operationalized to foster equitable and innovative policy development in STEM fields? This inquiry fosters actionable steps and constructive dialogue toward achieving equity-driven systems change.

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Trans-Disciplinary Communication (TDC), Policy Making, Inclusivity, Knowledge Sharing, Reflective Activity, Qualitative Document Analysis, Constructivist Grounded Theory (CGT)


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The contributions of this interdisciplinary team, bolstered by the NSF Includes

Network and mentors such as Dr. Nagib Callaos, establish a solid foundation for research aimed at broader societal impact. As the dialogues draw close, participants express their emotional and moral investment in confronting systemic inequities. Crafting universally beneficial policies—especially in institutionally diverse settings like New Jersey—reinforces the need for sustained engagement and dialogue among various stakeholders.

Peer editor: Dr. James Lipuma, Senior University Lecturer, Director of

Collaborative for Leadership, Education, and Assessment Research (CLEAR),

Coordinator for Assessment and Evaluation. Department of Humanities and Social

Sciences at the New Jersey Institute of Technology assisted as the peer-editor.

Non-anonymous peer reviewer: Edgar Meritano, Department of Sciences and Arts

for Design, Research and Knowledge, Universidad Autónoma Metropolitana.


Nonblind Peer-Reviewers: Marcos Cabobianco, Jefe de trabajos prácticos

(Historia). Universidad de Buenos Aires Argentina.

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Trans-Disciplinary Communication for Policy Making: A Reflective Activity Study