Six committees formulate and direct the activities and advance the goals described for the six UC Davis ADVANCE initiatives. Each committee has 1-2 co-directors and 2-9 additional faculty participants. The membership of these committees includes representatives from each of the STEM colleges and they reflect the demographic and career-stage diversity of UC Davis faculty. Each committee meets 3-4 times each quarter to develop, implement, and evaluate the programs and activities that advance the initiative objectives.
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.