The “Join the Discussion” series features interactive events that focus on topics relevant to the development of STEM careers. These events are organized around three goals: to disseminate information to STEM faculty; to gather information that will inform UC Davis ADVANCE programming; and to facilitate networking among STEM faculty from different disciplines and career stages. Attend an event and “join the discussion!”
The Career Resource Workshops are designed to ensure that all faculty have equal access to the resources, implicit knowledge, and network connections necessary to cultivate career success at the highest levels. These events feature panels of faculty from UC Davis and visiting scholars from other research universities and focus on topics such as effective communication styles, negotiation strategies, leadership styles and skills, managing labs and staff, getting writing done, etc.
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.
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.