As the managing director of the Capital Resource Network, Linda Assadian helps to welcome newly relocated professionals and their families to the Capital Region. After 17 years of living in four different countries, raising two children and supporting the career advancement of her engineer husband of 22 years, Linda understands the unique tests and blessings that can accompany relocation.
Her personal insight as the “trailing spouse” brings invaluable perspective to her role as she assists the entire family acclimate to their new community, from social, dual career, cultural, and linguistic challenges. Linda knows that finding the right network of resources can be an invaluable lifeline and understands that the right start can have a huge positive impact on the overall relocation experience.
Prior to becoming director of the Capital Resource Network, Linda lived her years abroad in France, Germany and lastly England where she served as the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust as a Trade Marketing Officer responsible for growing trade partners within the hospitality sector. Linda began her career at Pacific Gas and Electric Company and served in several roles including marketing, business services and regional government relations. A Registered Nurse with the State of California, Linda also earned an MBA from California State University, Sacramento. While in the UK, she served as a Trustee of the Stratford-upon-Avon Food Bank.
Kimberlee Shauman is a Professor of Sociology at the University of California, Davis. Her main areas of interest are social stratification, family and kinship, demography, sociology of education, and quantitative methodology. Her research focuses on gender differences in educational and occupational trajectories with particular attention to the causal effects of family characteristics. Her book, Women in Science: Career Processes and Outcomes (co-authored with Yu Xie), examines the underrepresentation of women in science from a life course perspective.
Binnie Singh is the Assistant Vice Provost, in the Office of the Vice Provost, Academic Affairs. In this role, she serves as the primary liaison between Academic Affairs and other units and organizations, both campus and systemwide, and assists the Vice Provost – Academic Affairs in strategic planning, implementation and innovation for all matters affecting academic personnel at UC Davis. Prior to this role, she served for over 10 years as the Director of Faculty Relations and Development in Academic Affairs consulting with campus leaders on resolving conflicts that involve academic employees, mediates and settles formal complaints and grievances, coordinates and delivers development/training programs for faculty, especially department chairs and new faculty, manages faculty medical leaves and issues related to accommodations, and administers the Work Life Program for academics.
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.