For more than fifteen years, ADVANCE institutions have had the collective goal of increasing the representation and advancement of women in STEM to develop a more diverse and competitive workforce. Given that African-Americans/Blacks and Hispanics/Latinos combined represented nearly 30% of the total U.S. population, it is becoming increasingly critical to develop, enhance, and implement ADVANCE gender science initiatives that take into account issues related to intersectionality of gender and race/ethnicity. Such issues are frequently absent in discussions of recruitment, retention, and advancement of traditionally underrepresented populations of higher education, particularly in the STEM fields. This presentation will highlight best practices and lessons learned at JSU when implementing ADVANCE gender science initiatives.
Dr. Loretta Moore is the Vice President for Research and Federal Relations, Professor of Computer Science, and Director of JSU-ADVANCE.
In preparation to submit a competitive ADVANCE proposal, several representatives from administrative units, campus advocacy groups, and university task forces, presented faculty data as well as results of ongoing initiatives to improve faculty work experiences.
Institutions become inclusive only when individuals in those institutions are prepared to recognize how they aren't and have the tools to change them. Processes of change can then engage many actors, can take place at many levels, and their effects can be demonstrated in many different kinds of indicators. Pervasive, cross-level change in an institution takes time; and even then some parts of the institution may prove immune to change. In this talk, Dr. Abigail Stewart will outline one large institution's effort to recruit and retain the faculty we need over 15 years, the indicators of success, the particular factors that may account for that success, as well as those that operated to slow and limit change.
Abigail J. Stewart is Sandra Schwartz Tangri Distinguished University Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan, where she was Director of the UM ADVANCE Program for 15 years. Her current research examines educated women’s lives and personalities; women’s movement activism both in the US and globally; gender, science and technology among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty; and institutional change in the academy.
Dr. Sharon Bird is a National Science Foundation program director in the Education and Human Resources Directorate/Division of Human Resource Development, working with the ADVANCE and Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) programs.