UC Davis ADVANCE is an Institutional Transformation grant that began in September of 2012. The program is supported by the National Science Foundation’s ADVANCE Program which aims to increase the participation and advancement of women in academic science and engineering careers. This website shares information about the program, related research, and efforts to promote and increase the diversity of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) faculty on the UC Davis campus and beyond.
The UC Davis faculty includes 22 members of the National Academy of Sciences, 13 members of the National Academy of Engineering, 24 members of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 2 Pulitzer Prize winners, 3 MacArthur Fellows and 5 members of the Royal Society.
In addition UC Davis STEM faculty are recognized for excellence in research, teaching, and service. Learn about some recent award-winning scholars and their research.
The ADVANCE program is led by faculty and staff from across the UC Davis campus. The leadership consists of a core management team, Steering Committee, Initiative Committees, External Advisory Board, Internal Advisory Board, and External and Internal Evaluators.
Our on-campus leaders come from all four colleges at UC Davis – the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, the College of Letters and Science, the College of Biological Sciences, and the College of Engineering.
You are invited to join the UC Davis ADVANCE Center for the Advancement of Multicultural Perspectives on Science (CAMPOS) Initiative for a Cafecito (coffee break)!
At this Cafecito, the discussion will be led by CAMPOS Faculty Scholar Alexis Patterson, Assistant Professor of Science Education, and will focus on “Monday Morning Leadership: 8 Mentoring Sessions You Can’t Afford to Miss” Notes by Frumi Rachel Barr.
You are invited to join the National Center for Faculty Development and Diversity (NCFDD) Workshop on ”Rethinking Mentoring: How to Build Communities of Inclusion, Support, and Accountability”
This workshop aims to:
Start a new type of discussion about mentoring by describing the common problems that pre-tenure and post-tenure faculty members experience and why traditional mentoring programs fail to meet those needs.
Propose an alternative framework for mentoring that focuses on needs assessment and shifts the idea of mentoring from a relationship between two faculty members towards building a broad network of support, community and accountability.
Present best practices in mentoring pre-tenure, under-represented and mid-career faculty.
The ADVANCE Scholars will be presenting as part of the ADVANCE Scholar Award Symposium on January 13, 2016, 2-5pm in the Student Community Center-Multi Purpose Room. *Specific presentation titles will be provided closer to the date!
The Second Expanding Potential Workshop will take place on January 30-31, 2016 at Stanley Hall at UC Berkeley. Registration will open soon and will be available for Day 1, Day 2 or both Day 1 & 2. Abstracts will also be accepted for attendees to share their own programs to generate a more inclusive STEM environment via a lightning talk and/or a poster.
The overall goal of this workshop is to bring participants together with program creators to understand ways in which groups experience bias and programmatic solutions for combating them.
The National Science Foundation began supporting ADVANCE initiatives in 2001, and has awarded over $130M in funding for a variety of programs. The most significant efforts seek to create permanent institutional transformation.
Professional disciplinary groups allow members to meet, engage, and share knowledge. This effort is particularly important to foster supportive, collaborative networks among scientists from under-represented groups.
We have compiled multiple publicly available databases of the published research related to NSF ADVANCE program efforts to increase diversity in STEM education and the STEM labor force. These include the literature on implicit bias, mentorship and other topics.
Balance is real challenge facing many faculty, particularly women with children. The perception (and reality) of the inflexibility and rigor of an academic career is one cause for the lack of diversity in STEM disciplines.