Adela de la Torre, an agricultural economist, is a professor in the Chicana/o Studies Department and director of the Center for Transnational Health at UC Davis. Dr. de la Torre’s publications and research primarily focus on social determinants of Chicano/Latino health issues, including border and binational health. In addition, her recent NIH funded work includes targeting English Language Learning student science educational disparities and developing university- and school-based partnerships to tackle this growing educational divide.
Yvette Flores is a Professor of Chicana/o Studies at University of California, Davis and Co-Investigator of Ninos Sanos/Familia Sana, a USDA-funded study focused on reducing overweight and obesity among Mexican origin children. Dr.
Lisceth Brazil-Cruz holds a doctoral degree in School Organization and Educational Policy from the University of California, Davis. Her research interests include educational and pipeline issues affecting disenfranchised, underserved and vulnerable student populations as well as issues of equity among communities of color. Her dissertation focused on understanding parental practices of Latino first generation college students as they transition from high school to college.
Mary Lou de Leon Siantz is a professor at the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing at UC Davis. She is nationally recognized for her interdisciplinary efforts to prepare health professionals for leadership and policy, and internationally respected for her research in migrant health.
Laura Grindstaff is a Professor of Sociology, Director of the UC Davis Consortium for Women and Research, and a Co-Investigator on the NSF ADVANCE-IT grant. As Consortium director, Dr. Grindstaff is charged with creating professional development opportunities for women faculty and graduate students across the various colleges of the university and with promoting research efforts focused on issues of gender and gender inequality.
Dr. Karen McDonald leads the UC Davis ADVANCE Program as Co-Principal Investigator and Faculty Director and provides daily project leadership and management. In collaboration with Chancellor Katehi, Vice Provost Stanton, and Associate Director Shauman, Dr. McDonald is the main point of contact with the External Advisory Board, the Internal Advisory Committee, all initiative committees, Internal and External Evaluators and the NSF ADVANCE Program Officers.
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.