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!”
A group discussion of leadership development among women in STEM using Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead as a starting point.
Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook, has rekindled the international debate about the underrepresentation of women in government and business leadership positions, the causes of that persistent trend, and what can be done to change it. She has voiced her perspective broadly using such platforms as a TED Talk, the 2013 World Economic Forum, and her book, Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead (Knopf, 2013), and associated website, http://leanin.org/.
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.