The Latina Researchers Network was founded in 2012 in response to the underrepresentation of historically disadvantaged populations with advanced degrees and in support of examining the barriers and opportunities for advancement in research and academic positions. The Network was established to create a supportive community that can ensure the next generation of investigators has access to role models and networking opportunities to succeed in academia.
MentorNet’s Advanced Women of Color in STEM (AWC) is the Web community supporting women of color who have doctoral degrees in any discipline of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. It is funded by the National Science Foundation and built on MentorNet’s award-winning mentoring program and social network.
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.