The UC Davis ADVANCE program hosts an Annual Retreat for project leadership, affiliated faculty, and ADVANCE program leaders from across the UC system, along with our external and internal evaluators, to review our program’s progress and effectiveness, share insights and best practices, and plan for on-going activities.
This event included multiple informative panel presentations and discussions during the morning, as well as intensive working sessions for each of the Initiative committees during the afternoon.
The morning sessions featured presentations by experts in approaches to diversifying faculty hiring, overcoming bias in the recruitment and promotion processes, and the challenges faced by underrepresented minority women in academia.
This event included multiple informative presentations for each of the ADVANCE Initiative committees and discussions. The presentations were given by the Initiative Co-Directors on approaches to addressing Initiative goals, current activities, timelines for future activities, and challenges faced by underrepresented minority women in academia.
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.